There are not many motorsports out there that make counting points as easy as in Speedway. The counting system is extremely straight-forward and easy to learn. Basically, each competition is divided into heats, as explained in the introductions. Depending on the competition, this could either mean individual scores or team scores. The higher up you finish; the more points you get. In contrast to most other motorsports out there, though, the score system is following a 3-2-1-0 principle. This means that where the driver in 1st place gets 3 points per heat, the driver in 4th place gets 0 points. Easy as that. 2nd place gets 2 points and 3rd place gets 1 point only.
Gather them up
As the heats pile up, these scores are accumulated, and by the end of the competition, the driver with the most points is considered the winner. Makes perfect sense, does it not? Motorcycle speedway is easy to follow, easy to pay attention to, and easy to understand. The main differences between the point systems are in terms of individual and team competitions. Just like the name suggests, individual competitions are all about the individual drivers, whereas the team competitions (tournaments, championships) depend on the different team members gathering as many points as possible.
Where ties are fine in most sports, most drivers in Motorcycle speedway try to avoid them as much as possible. This is because ties divide the points between the drivers, and two players finishing third at the same time will receive 0 points each. Hence, you will notice fierce battles at the final laps of a Speedway tournament, since nobody wants to share their points with competitors. Two players tying at first place get two points each, which is fairly good in contrast with the three points a single winner will receive, but two drivers finishing second will only receive a point each – for the most part, this is not sufficient if a team or individual driver wants to win the given event.