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The bikes race anti-clockwise around an oval track on a surface of loosely packed shale. The shale allows the riders to slide their machines sideways into the bends using the rear wheel to scrub-off speed while still providing the drive to power the bike forward and around the bend. Tracks generally range between 260 and 425 metres in length but are often quite narrow.

There is also some form of safety barrier between the outer edge of the track and the spectators. These safety barriers were traditionally constructed of wood but in recent years more forgiving materials have been used to reduce injuries to those unfortunate enough to collide with them. The most up to date innovation has been air fences (air filled bags) around the bends and these are gradually being accepted as the safest form of track barrier for riders and spectators. Air fences are now used for all Speedway Grand Prix meetings.

Acknowledgements:
Many photographs on this site are copyright/courtesy of John Hipkiss - Wolverhampton Track Photographer.
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