What in the heck is Speedway Racing?

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Never checked out Speedway Racing? Well friends, it is not for the weak of heart. It is a very exciting event and also dangerous for the riders. As they are going around the track they are going very fast on motorbikes with no brakes. The race isn’t very long being that it only lasts for one minute, but no brakes! That is the scary part. So, if you enjoy thrilling events this would be something you wouldn’t want to miss. You are constantly on the edge of your seat and that is the goal for true thrill seekers. The speedway is an oval track made up of dirt and loosely packed shale (or dolomite in Australia and New Zealand). This helps them slide or glide into the turns. This is also called broadsiding. They are traveling about 70 miles an hour when on the straight part of the track. There are four laps where you will see four to six riders in one race.

No one knows the exact origins of the sport, but it is believed to be first played in the 1910s to 1920s in Australia. This might be a misconception because the first known race was held in the United Kingdom on February 1, 1928 at Camberley, Surrey and Droylsden, Lancashire. In Camberely the races went in a clockwise direction, but the races had been changed to an anti-clockwise direction soon after the first race.

Each track is between 260 and 425 meters long and it takes approximately one minute. The riders reach a speed of 110 mph on the straight part of the track and they reduce speed when making the turns on the oval track. The Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM) regulates tracks that are used for professional speedway racing. They have strict rules concerning construction, size and safety requirements. The starting gates are spring-loaded and there are white lines midway through both of the straight parts of the track. They also put in pits in the track when it is constructed. Pits are areas off to the side of the track for press to broadcast the race, medical personnel and facilities. The track consists of four layers of grading. The topmost part of the track is made of loose grading in order for the riders to maneuver the safest way possible while gaining as much speed as they can.

When riders are going into turns, they use their back wheel so that the motorcycle finds the best spot to speed up when coming out of the turn and onto the straight part of the track. Wire fences, air fences and wooden fences are used on the outside of the track. The air fences are the closest one to the riders as they are filled with air to provide rider with the safest possible track. The public and the riders are kept safe from the dust of the track by watering down the track before and sometimes during the race. Safety is a very big concern to the FIM.