Inside Track 2014: World number three Niels-Kristian Iversen’s weekly look inside the Norfolk Arena

Matej Zagar showing he knows his way around the Norfolk Arena earlier this season. Picture: Ian Burt

Matej Zagar showing he knows his way around the Norfolk Arena earlier this season. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

I sat on my sofa and watched as we (King's Lynn) failed to finish top ahead of the play-offs.

King's Lynn Stars promoter Buster Chapman. Picture: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Stars promoter Buster Chapman. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

It's always frustrating when you can't really be a part of it. It's the same thing with individual meetings like the Grand Prix. It's obviously frustrating, and it's the same when I watch my Swedish and Polish sides. You feel like you could be out there making a difference but there's nothing you can do about it.

Our failure to come first in the Elite League saw Poole choose us in the play-offs. I was a little bit surprised at first, but maybe now I think about it I'm not. If you look at Coventry on Monday, Bomber (Chris Harris) didn't do well and they still had a big win at Belle Vue. The Bees are a bit hit and miss, they blow a bit hot and cold, but they can beat anybody when their riders are doing well. We on the other hand are a pretty patched-up side right now. So maybe Poole thought we would be the better choice – as, like I wrote last week, nobody was ever going to pick Swindon.

I don't really know what Poole's situation is going to be for the first leg. They've got a few injury issues too, and Darcy Ward is suspended, so it's a bit uncertain for them too. It's a bit of a shame that both clubs are missing riders for the play-offs, but that's how the game goes sometimes. It's the same with other leagues and the GPs. There's just a lot of injuries about at the moment. You can't really do much about it.

The boys need to pick themselves up for Monday when we welcome Poole in the first leg of the semi-final. Everything is possible. I'll try to get over to cheer the lads on and offer some advice. We really need to focus on doing well at the Norfolk Arena so we've got a chance when we go there (October 6).


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Our owner Buster (Chapman) is going to have to dig deep in his pockets to get a good guest in for me. Poole will be doing the same. It's what it's all about, like it or not. With the four teams (fellow play-off semi-finalists Coventry and Swindon) riding on the same night it's not a brilliant situation. But it is what it is. Let's just hope Kenneth Bjerre can ride for us, if he comes through Saturday's GP in Sweden, which I guess he'll want to compete in if he can. His presence would be a huge bonus for us if he can get near his best. But it's mega important, whatever happens with Kenneth, that Lewis Kerr, Simon Lambert and Nicklas Porsing pick up a lot of points.

Tomorrow sees the Elite League Riders' Championship (ELRC) held at Lynn. It's not the best date, what with the GPs, play-offs in Poland on Sunday and England on Monday. If I'm honest it's probably a bit of an inconvenience for some of the guys.

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I thought it was pretty cool that it was at Lynn but I can't ride. I'm missing bigger meetings than the ELRC though, it's just how it is. It's a title I've never won so I'd like to do it. I think I've come runner-up twice, but I don't really count seconds. I'm only bothered about winning.

If I had to put my money on anyone to win it I'd probably say Matej Zagar. He's gone well around Lynn for Belle Vue this season so I think he's got as good a chance as anyone of winning it.

- Niels-Kristian Iversen was talking to Gavin Caney.

* To read Niels' exclusive weekly column first, and in print – buy Wednesday's paper. Visit www.edp24.co.uk/sport/kings-lynn-stars for an archive of Iversen's articles.

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