Speedway: What is it and how do you bet on it
Speedway is a popular type of motorcycle racing. The races are held on an oval track stretching from 260 to 400 meters. This type of high-speed motorsport is distinguished by its entertainment, attracting the attention of not only fans, but also bookmakers. Many bookmakers today offer to accept bets on speedway. We will help you to understand what is important and how to bet.
To understand how to place a bet on the speedway, first you need to get to know this sport closer. The first international speedway competitions, which did not yet have the status of the official World Cup, were held in 1929 in Great Britain. But the first real World Cup took place in 1936.
Races in the speedway are often held in ordinary stadiums, and races are very short-flowing. As a rule, participants need to overcome four laps to identify the winner of the race. Sometimes the number of laps increases.
Arriving to the finish line first gets the driver three points, for the second place two points, and in third place one point. But it is not so easy, because the speeds are very high and it is possible to contact with the opponent. Therefore, in speedway often there are crashes, making this sport traumatic. Usually there are four riders in the race, but sometimes six or even eight athletes compete in the race.
Despite the maximum simplicity of this type of motorsport, some bookmakers give a fairly wide mural of events for speedway betting.
Betting on the winner of the race is the easiest and most popular among speedway lovers. In this case, we only need to predict which of the participants of the race will arrive at the finish line first. At the same time, a draw is possible in the speedway, which should be remembered when betting.
Betting on the winner in the series of races, as well as on the exact score and the advantage in the score. To calculate such bets, count points on the results of all races of the competition.
Betting on who is higher is a classic bet for distance sports disciplines. In this case, it is necessary to predict which of any two participants will take a higher place by the end of the race.
Betting on the fastest lap is a popular type of bet for high-speed sports disciplines. It is necessary to name the driver in advance, who will be able to finish any one lap in a shorter time period than any other driver throughout the race.
Bet with a handicap in which you predict with which time margin the leader will outtake the nearest pursuer (or by which margin may fall behind the pursuer). And odds are offered both with whole seconds, and with ten fractions of a second. You can bet as with a minus handicap on the leader (implying a known advantage), and with a plus handicap on those who give in to the winner of the race (implying a permissible lag).
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Long-term bets on the winner of the competition. For example, the winner of the World Cup at the end of the season.
Some bookmakers offer to bet on how many participants will be able to finish the race. The lower the skill of the participants, the more likely they are to withdraw from the race due to a crash, or they will be removed from the race due to low speed.
Most bets are made before the start of the races, but there is an opportunity to bet on the speedway online. Although due to the transience of a separate race, this opportunity is rarely used.
How to choose a speedway bet and what to consider when analyzing events
To make successful bets on speedway, you need to take into account many factors that can affect the outcome of the race and, accordingly, the outcome of the bets.
In speedway, the weather has a big impact on the result of the race. If it rained before the start of the race, the chances of the owners of the track and other participants are leveled.
The tracks in this sport are small, but knowledge of the track still helps to achieve better results. Therefore, the venue of the race also needs to be taken into account. You can compare this to soccer fields that meet general standards but have different lengths and widths. Also, in speedway the track can be longer or shorter, wider or more.
There are also differences in motorcycles, which are limited by the rules in weight, engine power, width of the steering wheel and some other technical characteristics. But there is still a wide field for experimenting with the vehicle to achieve better speed.
Speed is another indicator to be focused on when betting on a speedway. And first of all, it is necessary to pay attention to the starting speed of athletes, as it allows riders to get ahead, and this is half of the victory.
The results of the races are also influenced by the competition calendar. The more races are held, the more tired the athletes. They have a reduced concentration, and the motorcycle may have some small problems, worsening the results.
The presence of injuries for speedway is common. Immediately after the injury, the rider may not be as fast as if he were fully healthy.
Experienced athletes adhere to certain tactics in competitions on the hare or ice surface. Tactics can also change depending on the composition of the participants. Only big speedway fans who are fully immersed in this sport should bet on this factor.
The experience of athletes is an important factor that should always be remembered. This is especially true when the races are held on the ice sheet. After all, on such tracks the probability of falling increases, and even the slightest mistake in the selection of spikes can lead to failure in the race.
An important factor is the motivation of athletes. If we are talking about the World Cup, for example, it can be won a few starts before the end of the season. This means that in the final races the leader's motivation will be reduced. The level of motivation of athletes also depends on the presence of principled rivals in the race.
In speedway, team competitions are held, and bets on them should be made based on the overall level of the team. An example is the national team of Poland, which has repeatedly won the team World Cup, but in personal competitions Poles rarely come first.