Week Ending June 7

The news was dominated by the World Championship and especially the report that Soren Sjosten had been knocked out of the 1975 competition in the Nordic Final at Geiteryggen. He scored only 4 points and was described as ‘completely lost’ on the 350 metre track. At the same time, Zenon Plech found himself back in the competition. Having qualified as a reserve for the Continental semi-final at Olching but gained a full place and finished third behind Valeri Gordeev and Edward Jancarz.

The Australasian Speedway Promoters’ Association were reported to have formulated their own World Championship qualifying system that would be put before the FIM for approval. The idea was that Australian and New Zealand riders would have their own qualifying round which would put them through to the Inter-continental Final.

Poole fans were shocked by the decision of their much-loved captain Pete Smith to retire.The 32-year-old Londoner had been a Pirate since 1963 but had decided to quit because of an apparently never-ending series of engine problems. The Wimborne Road management, however, were not accepting it as a final decision. Charlie Knott told the Speedway Star, ‘He has been a truly loyal servant to Poole and we don’t want him to go out this way.’

Philip Rising interviewed a much more relaxed Ole Olsen following the Dane’s victory in the Embassy Internationale at Wimbledon. He took the trophy with 14 points while Phil Crump was second on 13 and Ray Wilson came third on 12. Wilson was the only rider to inflict a defeat on Olsen. Ole told his interviewer, ‘When I won the World title in 1971 I wanted to win every race after that … to show that I was a worthy champion … Now I’ve got a bit older, I don’t have to keep proving things.’

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Dave Jessup in his personal body colour

BACK: Tommy Johansson & Brian Clarke of Hull racing against Reading’s Dickie May & John Davis

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