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Speedway Motorcycles, Riders and History

Speedway Racing, or Short track.

Speedway racing takes place on a level oval track consisting of two straights joined by two semicircles. Tracks must be between 260 and 425 metres (853 and 1394 ft) in length, this is measured at a distance of 1 metre (3.3 ft) from the inner boundary. ~ Wikipedia

Origins of Speedway

"The origin of this sport is questionable, though most believe that arose in Australia in the second decade of the twentieth century."

Speedway is widely believed to have begun in Maitland, near Newcastle, NSW, in December 1923.

"Johnnie Hoskins was the first promoter to put up a cash reward for the winner at West Maitland, and from the huge turn-out this novel event generated, speedway began to form in Maitland with a cinder track, rules and regulations, and the broadsiding of bikes in the corners. No previous event inspired such a metamorphosis as this." Ian Hoskins, son of John Hoskins and the world's first motorised mascot,  20/03/06.

The discussion continues with another writer who appears to have done considerable research, refuting that claim. There is much more on the subject, this one from the horse's mouth.

Speedway & Grasstrack Makes

Speedway Riders

Speedway History


Motoball first appeared in 1926 and remains quite popular in a number of European states, albeit almost unknown in most parts of the world. Both Germany and France have a large number of Motoball clubs, with others in Bulgaria, Belgium and Holland

Teams consist of four riders and a goalkeeper. The rules are the same as soccer apart from the off-side rule, and an oversize leather football is employed.

Motoball marques included the Mallon from Germany.

Maico and Motoball

Sources: François-Marie Dumas, et al.