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Okay so we are now into February which means that the speedway season starts next month! Now I’ve got to be honest with you, it doesn’t seem all that long ago since we brought the curtain down on 2017, but here we are and our 51st season is almost upon us!

Now as always the season will be officially opened with the now annual Ben Fund meeting which is to be held at Peterborough this year. It is already looking like a decent line up which is to be headlined by the reigning world champion Jason Doyle.

While that alone is bound to put a few extra on the gate and I am certain a bumper amount will be raised on the day, it is a testament to Jason and all the riders in the field to ride for such a great cause.

Jason Doyle is certainly going to be hitting the ground running in 2018 as he is also going to be riding in the Simon Stead farewell meeting at Sheffield. This again is bound to put a few bums on seats for Simon, who has been a great servant to British Speedway and deserves a bumper crowd for entertaining the masses over the years.

Of course Simon had a very successful first season as a team manager with Sheffield last year and as a result he has two chances to emulate that same success in 2018, as he will be team manager for both Sheffield and Leicester this coming season, which surely has to be a first. Doubling up Team Manages...whatever next!

That being said, looking at the sides both teams have assembled you wouldn’t bet against him doing the double...or is that the “Doubling up Double”?

And talking of doubling up, our very own Jye Etheridge will be doubling up with the Belle Vue aces in 2018, having impressed everyone there in a few guest bookings towards the end of last season. If that isn’t further proof of his rapid improvement last season then I don’t know what is.

Hopefully riding on a more regular basis and against, in some cases, tougher opposition and on a wider variety of tracks will further improve Jye as a rider and make him even sharper for the Bandits than he was in 2017.

The trouble the doubling up of riders caused in 2017, with riders missing fixtures and such like should hopefully be eradicated in 2018, given that the Premier ship has its fixed race nights and the fact that, for a change, the clubs have actually spoken to each other and agreed upon a fixture list which enhances rider availability.

This should mean that the fans get the value for money that at times, they simply didn’t get a lot of the time last season. With that being said, it is now up to the fans to get their backside trackside and support their team and support the sport of speedway which, as we have alluded to in the past many times, when it’s done right, is up there with any form of entertainment on the planet!

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 280 characters. You can send me a tweet @Mythman666.

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

Right I’ll hae’tae gan