Swindon Robins boss Alun Rossiter has hit back at the critics who have slammed the club for last night’s abandoned clash with Leicester Lions.
The meeting was called off after three riders crashed out on the opening lap with Leicester’s Grand Prix star Martin Vaculik taken to hospital with a leg injury on what was his debut ride in the Premiership.
After a lengthy delay, the match referee decided to abandon the meeting – a decision which sparked criticism on social media.
Reacting to the criticism, Rossiter said: “Before I go any further I just want to repeat this – everyone at Swindon Speedway would like to offer our sincere best wishes to Martin Vaculik for a quick recovery from his injury. Nobody wants to see that. Similarly Michael Palm Toft.
“There are certain issues which need addressing here and I’m keen to point out the facts. Not just opinion gleaned from reading a timeline, facts.
“I was stood with two top Leicester riders just minutes before the first race and at no time did either rider express any concerns about the track to me.
“At no time did any rider express any concerns about the track to the referee, Chris Durno.
“On the contrary, we were complimented for the way the track appeared after all the rain it had taken.
“The biggest concern was the mist and the risk to visibility – not the track.
“Our clerk of the course told riders we weren’t doing a normal parade but they were free to go out and try a lap on the track – nobody took him up on this offer.
“Nobody was forced out there, nobody was told they must go out and ride, nobody said they wouldn’t, the consensus was simply get on with it.
“I’ve read a broad spectrum of opinions and the truth is hindsight is a wonderful thing. Some riders involved have been on social media saying certain things, well why didn’t they say it to the referee, clerk of the course or myself? Anybody who knows me knows I’ll always listen, I’m a former rider remember, I want safety for the boys.
“I feel for the injured boys and feel for our fans and sponsors, it was a bad night and the weather has made this the worst possible start for the sport across the country. Speedway in the UK is in desperate need of a break in the weather, more than ever before.”
Click on the video below to watch Nick Taylor’s interview with Alun Rossiter following last night’s abandoned meeting.