SWINDON team manager and co-promoter Alun Rossiter believes speedway is heading in the right direction after a productive weekend of talks at the sport’s AGM.
Club bosses from across the country met in Warwickshire this weekend where they discussed the rules and regulations for next season, which included raising the team building points limit to 34, beefing up the fast track draft and regulating the guest and doubling up systems.
Rossiter went into the weekend wanting the outcome to turn speedway into a ‘better all-round product’ as they bid to keep existing fans and attract new support, with the Robins and GB believing they’ve got just that.
Furthermore, by scheduling next year’s AGM for the first week in October, some six weeks earlier than this year’s, Rossiter believes the sport is planning well for a long-term future.
“It’s been a productive weekend and I believe what we’ve come up with is good for the sport going forward,” he told Link Sport.
“We know we have issues which needed addressing and we feel as if we’ve done that, it’s been a good weekend and we have some solid plans going forward.
“We’re doing next year’s AGM in the first week of October and that’s one of the best things I think. That can help us and the riders plan.
“The points limit going up to 34 is good I think, it’s an improvement on last year so it will give some flexibility when it comes to riders. We have riders on higher and lower averages from last season due to the changed race format so that should be some help there.
“The race format is going to be tweaked so that the away number four comes out before heat five which is good, and the fast track is going to be beefed up a little which was needed.
“It’s been a positive step forward and we think things are in place for the better so things can improve what we offer.”
The Robins boss will also continue as the Great Britain team manager into 2015.