King's Lynn co-promoter says lifestyles of speedway riders is changing
King’s Lynn Stars co-promoter Dale Allitt believes coronavirus could have permanently changed speedway riders’ lifestyles.
The enforced time off due to Covid lockdown and the shale sport’s UK professional leagues being on hiatus during 2020 have forced riders to adopt a ‘plan B’ and find other ways to make money, including finding regular jobs.
Allitt says this could become a more normal way of life as the previous habits of ‘doubling-up’, or competing in the top two British leagues at the same time, may no longer be possible.
Minors & Brady Stars team-mates Thomas Jorgensen and Ty Proctor are just two examples of those who have adopted full-time jobs in the past year.
Allitt said: “Everyone has got to be in a happy place, although it has been a mostly frustrating one recently. In different ways it has made us re-evaluate things, whether it’s earning money outside speedway or what.
“It was always the case years ago that a rider would both ride and work. Then with them all doubling-up they were racing speedway and doing nothing else in the winter.
“We’ll see a lot more riders working and riding. It’s a sensible approach. You’re still earning money at speedway but it’s a pressure-cooker environment.
“To be honest everyone has one bad day and to have the security of work takes the pressure off.”