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Elite League King’s Lynn Stars are rocked by the departure of Niels-Kristian Iversen

PUBLISHED: 09:06 20 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:06 20 November 2015

Niels-Kristian Iversen has temporarily turned his back on racing for King's Lynn. Picture: IAN BURT

Niels-Kristian Iversen has temporarily turned his back on racing for King's Lynn. Picture: IAN BURT

Niels-Kristian Iversen has dealt King’s Lynn a monumental blow by deciding to take a break from the Elite League.

The Dane, the club’s number one rider for the past five campaigns, will not spearhead the Stars’ 2016 line-up after opting to leave the UK off his packed schedule. The world number four will instead focus his attentions on the demanding Grand Prix series as well as league racing in Poland, Sweden and Denmark – without the burden of also having to complete at least 28 English top-flight fixtures.

Stars boss Rob Lyon said: “It’s a difficult situation as Niels, quite rightly, wants to focus on the GPs and his league racing abroad, which unlike the UK, has fixed race nights.

“The world champion (Tai Woffinden), Greg Hancock, Nicki Pedersen and plenty of the other top, top riders have already moved away from the Elite League and you can see from their perspective why they just can’t commit to it. It wasn’t an easy decision for Niels, but he felt something had to give and at the moment that’s the UK.”

The amicable split ends a glorious five-year spell at the Adrian Flux Arena, which has helped Iversen become one of the world’s best riders. Since becoming top gun at Lynn in 2011, the 33-year-old has won four successive Danish titles, four GPs, two World Cups and countless races in Stars colours.

The news of his departure will rock supporters of the Norfolk club who have grown to idolise the Peterborough-based racer – for now they will have to get used to life without the world championship hopeful as Lyon prepares for next term without his bi

See today’s paper to hear more from Lyon and read an interview with Iversen.

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