Soundbites: 7th August 2006
"It was a superb team performance - we just keep on winning.
I am certain now we can go on and beat Stoke over the two legs and I think we will end up
beating Scunthorpe in the final."
"While I will personally benefit from Tony's retirement by contesting the four remaining
rounds of the World Championship, it is always disappointing when one of the true greats
calls it a day.
Tony has long been one of my heroes and winning six world titles is an amazing feat. Most
people would be happy with one, so to have half-a-dozen of them in the trophy cabinet
highlights just what a classy rider he has been."
"A minority of so-called speedway supporters felt it necessary to abuse us to our face on
I have never actually felt so hurt in my 13 years in the sport at Lynn.
It's not easy being a promoter, but the best will of the club is at heart, and I would have
thought everybody would have known that by now.
If anybody does that again then I simply won't put up with it as I deserve as much respect
back as I give to others, and you might find me deciding I've had enough and put the club
up for sale."
"Jason Lyons and Danny King have been star performers for us recently while the rest of the
team have not been quite up to scratch.
We have one of the better-paid squads in the Premier League and I want to give us every
chance of making the play-offs.
That was our target before the season and it remains so."
"They have been the better team over the two legs which were completed and deserved to get
through to the final. The track suited them this time and they showed what a good team they
have. Our lads gave it their best shot but weren't good enough on this occasion."
"In eight years of promoting, I have never moaned or complained about a referee.
But while one big mistake could be considered an accident, two from the same referee is
When referees make decisions like this, they clearly have no regard for my business's
profitability and well-being.
The calls he made at Coventry and Oxford have almost ensured we will fail to reach the
play-offs this year."
"I'm really pleased to be joining Stoke again after such a long time and I'd like to think
I can bring a lot of qualities to the team. It's very much a case of going back to my roots.
I've generally had a good rapport with the older supporters who remember me from my
time here previously."
"Unfortunately, looking at the performances over a period, Alan's scores and average has
dipped alarmingly and I had no choice other than to act quickly.
He has been a terrific servant over the years and I'm sure we would have all preferred that he
finished his last season on a more upbeat note. But the facts are there in black and white
and I can't allow sentiment to jeopardise any of the hard work put in by the club and its
"Given the circumstances, I feel that it was a remarkable win for us and shows the fighting
spirit we have here when we are faced with adversity. I couldn't be more proud of our riders
than I am tonight."
"What a debut for Tomasz Chrzanowski, paid 14 that was fantastic, you could not ask for more.
We mean business with the team now proving their potential that is why we formed it in the
winter. Hopefully Tomasz will be the icing on the cake but I am not going to say too much
but I am confident we will now reach the play-offs."
"Our team was built in such a way that the reserves were going to be crucial and Martin (Smolinksi)
in particular is an awfully big miss - but every team gets injuries at some time or other
and it's how you cope with them that matters."
"Jason really is head and shoulders above the rest in world speedway. Denmark's Hans Andersen
is the next best, yet Jason passed him in the final in Italy.
One of the most impressive aspects of his riding is that he can get so close to other riders.
He has the skill to keep riders under pressure in close combat while others make a
challenge and then fall back if they don't get through.
World titles don't come to you, they are there for anyone with the guts and ability to go
out and take them. We saw him at his very best in Lonigo last week."
"I really enjoy racing at Armadale. It's a hard and technical track. But every time I come
here I feel more comfortable. It is very important to get out of the gate first, because it is
a very short run to the first corner. You must also keep a good line. Any mistake and you
will get passed."
"Things are starting to click. Danny and Shane were always expected to score but Kauko's
points-scoring has been a real bonus.
We're taking nothing for granted though, there is still a long way to go and anything
"All my riders agreed it was far too wet and dangerous for the first attempt at heat 12.
Their safety mattered to us much more at that point than the battle for the bonus point."
"I'm absolutely over the moon.
We were dead and buried at heat nine and I thought we were out of it. I didn't think we were
going to do it.
But the lads proved me wrong and pulled it out of the bag. Our aim now has to be staying in
the top four because it gives us home advantage in the play-offs."
"The result flattered Coventry.
Although we could have lost in the last heat it was really a meeting where every single
bit of good fortune went the way of Coventry.
Their team manager said to me before heat 15 how he hated the tactical rider rule and how
we should have never been in that situation. He was very honest."
"We are in danger of becoming a one-man team at the moment and Hans Andersen cannot win the
Elite League on his own. Hans has been scoring huge amounts of points for the last few matches
and the rest of the boys haven't been contributing in the way they should.
The average of every other rider has dropped compared to what it was earlier in the season.
They have to show some character and get back to banging in the points."
"The way Berwick have been riding recently, we had no chance, so it was no surprise we got
beaten. It was disappointing that we only had two riders who really did anything - but that's
the way our season has been going. We were not good enough, simple as that."
This article was first published on 7th August 2006
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