Coventry and Peterborough - ‘it was their decision’

BRITISH Speedway bosses have moved to set the record straight over the recent decisions made by Elite League duo Coventry and Peterborough not to take their place in the 2011 competition.

BRITISH Speedway bosses have moved to set the record straight over the recent decisions made by Elite League duo Coventry and Peterborough not to take their place in the 2011 competition.

The top flight has been given a facelift for the new season with Premier League clubs King’s Lynn and Birmingham, who boast some of the best tracks and facilities in the country, making the move up.

But the absence of reigning champions Coventry and 2006 winners Peterborough has caused much debate.

British Speedway Promoters’ Association Chairman Alex Harkess said: “Let me first of all say how saddened I am that two clubs of such great stature will not be competing in the 2011 Elite League.


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“But the bottom line is simple. Both clubs left the AGM and therefore failed to declare their intention to take their place in the Elite League.

“It was their decision and their decision alone. They are, of course, entitled to such a decision however regrettable it may be for the fans of those clubs and for the sport in general. It must be emphasised, however, that the BSPA is a democratic organisation.

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“I sincerely hope it isn’t the end of Elite League Speedway at both venues and that, perhaps, they will both return in 2012.

“On the positive side, we have two excellent Speedway venues moving into the Elite League in King’s Lynn and Birmingham and I’m sure the fans of both clubs are in for a treat in 2011 with some exciting racing.

“And it’s also good for the league to have some fresh teams and fresh venues, especially with the coverage provided by our friends and colleagues at Sky Sports.”

The BSPA can also confirm the Premier League line-up is now complete following Plymouth’s elevation from the National League which means no further applications will be considered.

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