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It just wouldn't feel right writing this tonight without first passing on my thoughts and condolences to the victims of the awful terror attack in Manchester. Nobody should ever attend an event of any magnitude, be it a sporting event, music concert or otherwise and not return home.

When things like this happen it puts everything into perspective, and when we return home from a nights racing, we don't really appreciate how lucky we are.

Moving on, we finally picked up our first win of the season and we also laid an 18 year hoodoo to rest by conquering the Peterborough Panthers. Things look to be on the up here at Shielfield, and lets hope the lads can kick on from here and start a climb up the table.

The workmanlike manner in which we sent the Panthers packing was what impressed me the most, we were under pressure, we didn't panic and we didn't crumble like we have done in meetings prior to this. Well done lads, Bandits on the up!

I have spoken may times about the unpredictable nature of our sport, and if you have read my blog before you will have read my previous entry about this seasons Grand Prix series being extremely difficult to call.

Well, that has proved to be an understatement! Two rounds in and we have been treated to some fantastic racing, particularly at the Warsaw GP a little over a week ago. Freddie Lindgren picked up the win that night and if you haven't seen the meeting, I strongly suggest you seek it out.

Some absolutely breathtaking speedway with riders giving it absolutely everything, with heat 12 between Jason Doyle and the aforementioned Freddie Lindgren being a highlight. Throwing the bikes at each other and swapping places almost every corner it truly was a sight to behold. Proper speedway, speedway out of the top drawer or speedway from the god's some may say!

As things stand, Lindgren holds the slenderest of leads heading into the Latvian GP this weekend. Whether he stays in the title hunt obviously remains to be seen but I'm almost certain nobody would have predicted that he and Martin Vaculik would have topped the podium in the first two rounds.

While obviously I mean no disrespect to those guys, all 15 riders are there on merit and more than deserving of their place. My point is that due to the sheer strength of the line up of this years series, every race has the potential to be a final, and therefore extremely difficult to call.

Kelvin Tatum joked with fellow commentator Nigel Pearson that he had remarked "what a lineup" before every heat, but it genuinely is that good, every singe race of every single round. As a consequence, it is impossible to pick a winner from race to race, let alone round to round.

As we head into round three I can't help but feel that there is more to come from many of the competitors, Tai Woffinden for example, while still very much in he hunt, he hasn't reached his top form as of yet.

Greg Hancock and Nicki Pedersen may have seven world titles between them, but both have found the going tough so far in 2017 but that doesn't mean you should be writing them off anytime soon.

I genuinely can't think of a time in the past where you would tune into watch a GP and you can't pick a winner from any of the riders on show. But that is just the way it should be and I for one, cannot wait to see how the rest of the season pans out on the big stage.

I'm certainly not going to give any bold predictions, it would be easier to find Lord Lucan on the back of Shergar than predict this years GP series!

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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