EKSTRALIGA CONFIRMS UNDER-24 RULE FOR 2021
Every PGE Ekstraliga must track at least one under-24 rider in their top five for 2021 as bosses restrict the use of guests.
27 / 10 / 2020, 14:33
Every PGE Ekstraliga must track at least one under-24 rider in their top five for 2021 as bosses place greater restrictions on the use of guests.
Authorities have confirmed next year’s rules and every club must include a rider who is under the age of 24 on January 1, 2021.
Under-24s can be Polish or foreign, which is set to make FIM Speedway Grand Prix newcomer Robert Lambert a man in demand. He is being heavily linked with a move to newly-promoted Torun.
The likes of Bartosz Smektala and Dominik Kubera could also be valuable and are both being tipped to leave Leszno, who have World Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey under contract for next year.
Even if the under-24 rider is Polish, clubs must track an additional two home riders in their top five, plus two under-21s at No.6 and No.7. Clubs now only have two top-five places available to foreign riders aged 24 or over, with the No.8 berth reserved for under-23 Polish or foreign riders.
Clubs were able to call up a First Division rider as a guest throughout the 2020 season to ensure they could always track a strong side in a season blighted by coronavirus concerns.
Teams can still draft in a guest, but only in the event one of their top five is ruled out due to testing positive for Covid-19.
With coronavirus outbreaks still a concern, it’s confirmed that the league’s management body can suspend or end the season at any time due to special circumstances. The body will reach a decision over the final order of teams.
In other changes, if a competition jury or referee and track commissioner unanimously decide a circuit cannot be made compliant with the rules two hours before a meeting due to the actions of the host club, they can award the visiting team a walk-over win.
If a meeting is abandoned due to weather conditions, the result will stand if eight heats have been completed in a regular-season match and 12 in a play-off fixture. If a match is abandoned for reasons other than the weather, the league’s managing body will make a decision on the final result.
Riders will also undergo a mandatory alcohol test before meetings.
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