‘Crazy’ rules leave King’s Lynn Stars boss Rob Lyon no choice but to select rivals for trip to Poole
- Credit: Ian Burt
Rob Lyon insists speedway's rulemakers have forced him into using two guests this evening who could ride against King's Lynn if they reach the play-off final.
The Stars will make their second trip to Poole to try and stage their Elite League play-off semi-final second leg following Monday's first attempt falling through due to an unsafe track. If the Norfolk Arena outfit triumph by two points or more at Wimborne Road they will face Coventry Bees in next week's planned two-legged showcase for glory. However, this evening, Chris Harris and Jason Garrity from the finalists will don Lynn colours in a situation that has created more hilarity at the way the sport is run in Britain.
Lyon, who had named Scott Nicholls and Adam Ellis as his replacements for injured duo Niels-Kristian Iversen and Lewis Kerr ahead of Monday's planned clash, said: 'Riders are self-employed and are looking to get any additional income for themselves by scoring well and riding as many times as possible.
'For me, it's absolutely insane we're in this situation but the rules state we're not allowed to bring in a rider from outside the league, and neither are Poole, to use as a guest. There's therefore only so many riders that are available.
'I find it incredible that certain rules and regulations mean you can't use riders that are looking for extra meetings. You've got to go with the best options you can get. If that means using riders from other play-off rivals, then so be it. But I know people from the outside are looking in and thinking the situation is crazy, but it's just the way it is.'
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Nicholls, who has recently started appearing on Eurosport's Grand Prix coverage, is unable to feature due to commitments ahead of this weekend's final round of the series in Torun, Poland. The decision to select Garrity comes because although he wasn't available earlier in the week – with the Bees seeing off Swindon Robins when Lynn should have taken on the Pirates – he is now.
'Looking at the options that were available, we plumped for Bomber (Harris),' said Lyon, whose side lost 45-44 in the first leg on their own shale last week.
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'Bomber's good around Poole and the conditions won't faze him. Jason Garrity is one below Lewis Kerr in the fast track draft rankings so it made sense to use him and make us as strong as possible.'
For Poole, former Star Troy Batchelor, like Harris a GP racer, comes in for the banned Darcy Ward – at the expense of original replacement Craig Cook. Eddie Kennett keeps his place with Josh Grajczonek sidelined while Vaclav Milik comes back in for Danny King.
'Overall we are stronger than we would have been on Monday, but so are they,' added Lyon.
'It's all to play for, although the pressure is on Poole. The track was bad on Monday which was why it was called off. But if I'm honest we're going there with an open mind on it. We'll see what it's like when we get there.
'The last thing anybody wants is the same situation. They knew it wasn't right on Monday so hopefully they've been working on getting it right. We've just got to hope now it is and the weather is too. If it's ok, we'll go there and try to get what we need.'
Poole: 1 Troy Batchelor (Guest), 2 Eddie Kennett (G), 3 Shamek Pawlicki, 4 Vaclav Milik, 5 Maciej Janowski, 6 Benji Compton, 7 Kyle Newman
Lynn: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Robert Lambert, 3 Chris Harris (G), 4 Nicklas Porsing, 5 Rory Schlein, 6 Jason Garrity (G), 7 Simon Lambert