Although the world of motorcycle speedway is a million miles away from Indycar and Nascar, beyond the obvious connection of going fast and turning left, racing is racing and staff at Penske UK applied some of their analysis and manufacturing expertise to a speedway chassis. The new frames helped Rickardsson to win his sixth world title in 2005, which included a stunning win at the British GP at Cardiff.
The final of this meeting is memorable for Rickardsson's audacious "wall of death" second corner sweep around his competitors, where he rode off the air-fence, finding extra drive to surge clear of the field. It could so easily have ended in disaster, but his skill and bravery, combined with a bit of luck won the day. Whether the Penske frames made any difference, we will never know, but they certainly helped give him the confidence to attempt the move.
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The somewhat unlikely scenario was dreamt up by concept artist Calum Alexander Watt back in 2003 for a proposed Playstation driving / riding / shoot-em-up game, complete with suitably heavy soundtrack. The game never made it to market, but the band made a film which documented how utterly dysfunctional they had become and spent the rest of the time suing just about anyone they could think of (hence the reason why I can't quite remember their name.) The only possible clue to the speedway bike connection could be the fact that the drummer was Danish...
Check out more of Mr Watt's awesome artwork on his blog:
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