SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Bosses rapped over call offs

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NEIL Machin has criticised speedway bosses who call their meetings off days in advance and admits it’s a “worrying situation”.

The recent heavy rain has seen many meetings called off at least a day before, and Tigers owner Machin has vowed that Sheffield will not be adopting that tactic.

He said: “I understand that clubs are trying to minimise travel costs for their riders but I just don’t think it sends the right message to the fans.

“In these tough economic times we need to convince the public to come and spend their money at speedway and what message does it give when meetings are being called off days in advance?

“ It doesn’t tell the public that we have made an effort to get the meeting on and in my opinion it is a worrying trend. We need to give them confidence.

“At Sheffield we are lucky that we have such a good drainage system at Owlerton, probably the best in the country, so we always have a chance but regardless of that we make every attempt to get the meeting on.”

Machin has also said that riders need to know that they will often be operating in less than perfect conditions and try their best to get a meeting on.

He said: “I completely agree that safety should always come first but I’ve seen meetings where the track has been race-able, if less than ideal, and the meeting has been called off.

“The riders need to know that sometimes they will be riding in conditions that aren’t perfect, but it is so important that we are making a big effort to get as many meetings on as possible. We have to attract fans, and sometimes the messages we send out aren’t always the best ones.”