Inside Track 2013: Captain Mads Korneliussen’s weekly look inside the Norfolk Arena
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I'm making my King's Lynn comeback on Friday at Peterborough and I can't wait.
I'm really looking forward to it as it's a derby and I haven't ridden since May 15 through injury. To make things worse, I haven't completed a Stars' meeting since April 23.
It's going to be nice riding in the team and being back in England as I have missed it while I've been rehabilitating in Denmark. It's not an easy match to come straight back into as there'll be extra pressure but I know we'll be even more pumped than usual.
We need a win, like we got there earlier in the season, to keep up our hopes of reaching the play-offs. Peterborough are looking way stronger than they have been, but hopefully we can catch their new guys – like Joonas Kylmakorpi – off guard.
We won there on Good Friday 50-40 but we can't carry any passengers this time. They've strengthened so we're all going to have to score points.
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I knew I'd be riding at the East of England Showground as early as last week when I came through my first fixture since I broke my shoulder blade and fractured my spine.
I scored 11 points from six rides for Outrup on Friday which I was really pleased with considering I hadn't been on a bike for a long time.
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I was very nervous before tapes up as it felt like a whole new season. All the other riders hadn't been out as long as I had. I just wanted to get my first ride out of the way and go from there. Once I had, it didn't take long.
I was nervous about my injuries and whether I would be hard enough, able to pass people, and ride close. Would I be scared? But I wasn't, which was a nice surprise, as from the moment I touched Bjarne Pedersen going into the first corner I just got on with it.
It was a tough night as I rode against him in five of my six rides but it was definitely nice to be back. You can tell yourself a million times you'll be ok, but until you have done it, you just don't know.
I got tougher and tougher as the night went on and that was a nice feeling. I wasn't as slow as a turtle either. I couldn't be as sharp as everyone else, but I was pretty much at their level and was competitive all night, so I was pretty pleased.
Come the end I felt a mix of three emotions. I was happy, relieved and excited that I'd got through the meeting.
But mainly, I was just pleased I was in no more pain than I really was before I started.
When you ride the adrenaline gets you though – until you get home and then you start to hurt. But it was nothing normal painkillers couldn't sort out so I knew I was all good to go again and make my Stars return later this week.
- Mads Korneliussen was talking to Gavin Caney.
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