Frustration can fuel our fire says Elite League title-chasing King’s Lynn Stars’ team boss Rob Lyon
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Rob Lyon is desperate for King's Lynn Stars to erase this week's negatives by enjoying the ultimate positive.
Two 400-mile round trips to Poole to stage their Elite League semi-final second leg have proved fruitless due to poor track preparation and wet conditions. And with a third attempt to get the fixture on staged for Wednesday, Lynn's team boss hopes the growing feeling of frustration can be washed out by a Stars' victory.
Lyon, whose team need to overturn a one-point deficit to meet Coventry in what would be the club's first grand final, said: 'Hopefully it'll be third time lucky next week. The bottom line is it has got to be run and one of the two teams will win and meet Coventry in the final. The team that wants it most is going to go through.
'Of course it's a shame for the fans. To get to this point of the season, such an important part of it, it's frustrating for everyone. We've had two rain-offs in a week now. That's a problem, as is the fact that people are starting to lose enthusiasm. We've got to try again on Wednesday and make sure we go with the right attitude, get the win we need, and move on to a final with Coventry. Hopefully we can win the thing and then everybody will forget the problems this week with Poole's track. That's the way life is but at this moment it's all just very, very frustrating.'
There will be some two-wheel action tonight, involving Lynn's 14th-placed Kenneth Bjerre, as the 2014 Grand Prix series comes to a close. Greg Hancock, 44, needs just 10 points in Torun, Poland, to become a three-time world champion. The American has a healthy 12-point lead over Pole Krzysztof Kasprzak and is 15 clear of defending champ, Tai Woffinden of Great Britain.
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The legendary veteran became the sport's oldest world champ when he won title number two in 2011 and could eclipse his own record this evening.
Hancock said: 'I've never set out in my career to break records – I set out to be the best and win as many championships as I could. I'm still going at it and there is still a lot left in me believe it or not.'
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Those that finish in the top eight will secure their places in next year's GPs. Top four Hancock, Kasprzak, Woffinden and Matej Zagar are safe while Nicki Pedersen only needs another two points. Chris Holder (93) is well-placed in sixth but there will be an epic battle between Jarek Hampel (87), Freddie Lindgren (87), Andreas Jonsson (86) and Troy Batchelor (85) for the all-important final spots. Lynn's Niels-Kristian Iversen misses the meeting due to injury once again and is set to drop out of the top eight.