Dean Wiseman Interview.
In the rich Speedway Rider nursery of
the Hunter Valley, there is a groundswell of young Solo talent that is
screaming out to the rest of the world for recognition. One young gun who will
rise to the fore, given a little encouragement and further support....not to mention a
touch of luck, is Dean
photo courtesy of David Lamont.
Dean looks at home on a speedway bike, has a tremendous style, oozes confidence while on the limit, and can win from behind, but an injury from a nasty accident at a vital time of his career has slowed progress somewhat.
The nineteen year olds comeback after that horror crash has been peppered with annoying mechanical failures, lack of race opportunities and touches of brilliance. Deans last meeting in early June of 2000 at Gosford gave patrons a glimpse of what he can achieve as he diced with, and beat the master of the Showground, Mick Poole.
Dean will use that good finish along with fresh machinery as a springboard into the new 2001 season, and if all goes well, will no doubt be doing his own screaming.....................
Dean, for those who are not
familiar with your background, tell us a bit about your introduction to speedway and your
progression through to the senior ranks? :
... After competing in junior dirt track for 5 yrs, I was introduced to junior speedway after Geoff Watson (father of Craig ) saw me race in the 80cc dirt track class at an indoor speedway meeting. Geoff contacted a friend of a friend, organized and paid for me to do a junior speedway license test and then lent me the riding gear to race. Over the 3 years that I competed as a junior, he also built and supplied me with two bikes. The Watson families help and generosity is what helped me enjoy the sport and carry onto senior racing.
How do you personally feel your '99-2000
season went compared to previous seasons? :
...I had a shocker !. I suffered my first ever injury that kept me off my bike for over 5 months. A lousy broken wrist was the result from a horror crash at the Labrador track which not only saw me a bit broken, but included my bike, my helmet and of course my suit had to be cut off me...so it proved to be an expensive crash.
It then took me ages to get my racing head back on...I really only felt like my old self again on the bike at this years Australian U/21 championships in Tamworth. I blew up my Jawa engine a couple of meetings later and then tried out a borrowed GM that I just couldn't get right for myself. So yeah, the 99/2000 season hasn't been real kind to me.
What would be your speedway goals for the coming 2000-01 season:
What improvements could be made to the sport
of speedway in your area, where riders like yourself can progress?
...More race meetings, thats the bottom line. I don't get any extra time on my bike apart from race meetings.
You recently scooped more awards at the
Gosford Speedway presentation night, as you have a long association with the track as a
rider, do you have any thoughts on the new direction of Gosford under the new promoters?.
...Yeah over the years the promoter Terry Poole did a top job, but now that has been taken over by David Tapp. I think the meetings will be a lot bigger and sometimes better than ever. I've heard Tappy is bringing over a lot of international riders and that can only be good for the sport if riders like myself can get the chance to race with them.
Are you, as a top flight senior rider, excited by the way Speedway has really taken off in Europe and the U.K. since the inception of the Speedway G.P.s, and also the television coverage of the International and Domestic Leagues overseas?.
...I'm lucky my mum loves the sport too so she got pay TV put on at home and I've been able to catch a lot of the series. It's good to see other Australians competing, knowing that if they can do it, then someday I might have the chance as well.
Who would you like to thank for your Speedway
career thus far?
...Well I would very much like to thank the Watson family for getting me involved in the first place, my mechanic since turning senior Pat Kelly, Dad for keeping the money coming in, my Mum who has driven me to almost every meeting I've ever ridden at (whether I wanted her too or not ), my mates who take it in turns to come along and give me my push starts, and a lot of the older riders who have been there...done that, and don't mind giving advice and a helping hand.
Interview conducted by Peter Henderson and Anthony McGuire.