King’s Lynn ace Olly is enjoying life
King's Lynn skipper Olly Allen insists not even his dislocated shoulder injury has put a dampener on the Stars' impressive Elite League return.
Allen will be fit for the trip to Lakeside on May 21 after sitting out the weekend 48-45 revenge win at leaders Eastbourne following a crash in last week's Saddlebow defeat to the Eagles.
The Norwich-based racer admits life is sweet on and off the track right now with Lynn lying in third place following their top flight elevation.
'It's an injury I've had before. It comes out pretty easily so that means it pops back in pretty easy as well,' he said. 'I was touch and go (for Eastbourne) but decided not to ride so we could get a guest in and it proved to be a wise decision. I felt I was 90% ready but probably needed another 24 hours or so. With how well we are doing in the league it's important to keep that up so it would have been selfish of me.
'I was happy to join King's Lynn, I've always enjoyed the track and it was really important for me this year because my fianc�e is pregnant. She is due in a couple of weeks now so I wanted somewhere local where she can come to watch me when she has had the baby. I feel I'm in a good place in my life. I'm really happy with my speedway and the team I'm racing for and I'm also happy with my club in Poland, so it's all good.'
Allen succeeded doubling up racer Tomas Topinka as captain this season at the Norfolk Arena – another clear sign of his growing contentment.
'I think if Tomas had been a one to seven rider he would have automatically got it,' said Allen. 'Maybe I was next in line. When Rob (Lyon) asked me what I thought it sounded good to me. Earlier in my career I wouldn't have wanted it. I was offered it before when I rode for Swindon in the Premier League, but I wasn't interested. I felt I was too selfish at the time and it would be more of distraction and the best thing I could do for the team was just focus on my own thing.
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'Now I want to see the team succeed and I'm mature enough to handle both. I feel more responsibility now around the meetings. I have to make sure the riders are happy with each other and with the track, with their sets ups and their bikes. I get on well with Tomas, who is still there, and he has huge respect from the other guys. Even a GP rider like Kenneth (Bjerre) will go and ask him about the track.'
Allen is convinced Lynn can last the course in their landmark season and push for an Elite League play-off berth.
'They are definitely not beyond on us. We take each meeting on its own merits but you also have to have goals and we said at the start of the year we wanted to aim for that,' he said. 'I felt we had a really good side, but you never really know how the riders will get on. That wasn't an issue as soon as we all got together.
'Our home form has been really good. The home track advantage we used to have in the Premier League, if I'm honest, I didn't think we would have that again. I thought it would be difficult and even though teams are coming and enjoying it we're just better than them. Confidence is a huge part of any sport and we now expect to win at home and pick up points away as well which is a great attitude to have. The longer that goes on, the better.'
• King's Lynn will travel to rivals Peterborough on Bank Holiday Monday, May 30 in a re-arranged Elite League fixture. (4:30pm)
The original derby clash was scheduled for June 9 but a new date has become available at the East of England Showground.