Speedway racing’s origins can be traced back to the first event, on 15 December 1923 at Maitland Showground.
The original race – a four lap, four rider sprint around the showgrounds trotting track, set the standard by which the sport has maintained for almost 100 years.
Speedway motorcycles are bespoke racing motorcycles, with single cylinder engines, no gears and no brakes. Engines range from 125cc (juniors) through to the World Championship spec 500cc bikes.
Speedway competition takes place on oval dirt tracks ranging from around 300m to 460m, with spectators treated to incredible side-by-side racing, as riders slide their way through the corners at high speed. Races still to this day consist of four riders, racing over four laps, with points scored based on finishing position (1st – 3 points, 2nd – 2 points, 3rd – 1 point, 4th – 0 points)
Speedway racing is hugely popular in Europe, with Poland and the UK in particular featuring speedway ‘clubs’ which compete against one and other on a weekly basis. This has resulted in many of the nation’s elite riders spending the Australian winters overseas chasing a professional career.
Whether its riding as a race competitor, for recreation or participation as volunteer, official or spectator there is a place in the Speedway community for everyone.
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