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It would be fair to say the 2017 speedway season has had it's fair share of difficulties and talking points. I don't just mean at Berwick either, although the guys here have had a massive upturn in form in rcent weeks, I mean it has been a difficult year for the sport in general.

The "doubling up" rule in particular has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many supporters and caused a lot of headaches along the way. While I personally am not against it altogether, I do feel that it needs to be looked at in the regards of the number of riders who are riding for two clubs.

Obviously we have had the pleasure of watching Nick Morris in Berwick colours this season thanks to the doubling up rule and luckily there haven't been too many fixture clashes with his Premiership club Swindon, so I would be lying if I said I was against the rule altogether.

It would be interesting to know how many British Speedway fixtures have actually taken place with no line up changes due to riders being unavailable for one reason or another. I bet there aren't many where two teams with their full declared 1-7 took to the track for a nights racing.

Obviously injuries, which are sadly part and parcel of the sport, play a part in that as well and that can't really be helped unless a squad system is introduced, but that is a different debate for a different day.

To use Chris Harris as an example, he is one of, if not the best visiting rider to ever take to the Shielfield Park shale, former track record holder and always spectacular to watch. Arguably one of those riders who might bring a few extra people in the gate by his appearance, but was unable to appear for Peterborough at Berwick because he was riding for Rye House on the same night.

This sort of stuff is difficult to explain to a newcomer or a casual fan and in truth it can be difficult for people who have followed the sport since the dawn of time to get their head around!

Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against riders earning as much as they can, in fact I don't think the riders get nearly enough for the danger they put themselves in to entertain us but there is little doubt that this season doubling up has gotten out of hand entirely and something has to be done.

What exactly that is, I don't know and nobody has a magic wand to solve these issues!

I'm sure those on social media will have all the answers though!

Of course if you wish to agree, or disagree with the Mythman, have an idea for a feature, or you simply want to chew the fat over all things speedway, you can email me Mythman666@hotmail.com. If your compliments, or indeed, gripes can be contained to just 120 characters, you can send me a tweet @Mythman666.

Until next time...and there will be a next time.

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