King’s Lynn ace Smith wants to impress
King's Lynn racer Kozza Smith admitted he is riding for his future in tonight's penultimate Premier League home meeting against Newport at the Norfolk Arena. (7.45pm)
The Stars' final bid for silverware ended with a weekend Young Shield aggregate defeat to Rye House but Smith insists there is plenty on the line ahead of the winter shutdown.
'I think the sport is a bit up in the air for next year,' he said. 'What I've heard through the grapevine is they might look at making changes maybe in the leagues and how teams are put together so you just don't know what is going to happen. Next year is my big year. I definitely want to double up if I can. I don't think going full time in the Elite is an option because there aren't enough meetings as it is. I want to aim be a number one at King's Lynn or if it isn't King's Lynn somewhere else and then look to take it the next level the year after.
'We've got a few more paydays with these last meetings so I aim to finish on a high and take it into next year. Staying injury-free is a big part of it because I don't remember a full winter when I have been free to just train. It seems I've always been injured towards the end of the season and then I have a few weeks to get myself fit. This year my main goal is to train through the winter.'
Smith's paid 14 heroics at Hoddesdon failed to halt the Rockets' who now face Newport in the last four.
'We all wanted the extra meetings but it just didn't happen for us,' he said. 'I managed to get over my Rye House curse I was struggling with and pulled my finger out to score some points so I was happy with that. With all the rain offs recently we ended up going into those meetings without a proper meeting for another two and half weeks. I came back for the first leg last week and could definitely feel the difference on the bike. You don't think it's that long but when the weather is miserable as well you can't really even get out on a motorcross bike. Now I feel I'm back on it.'
Stars' co-promoter Buster Chapman is demanding a final home flourish after a season to forget at Saddlebow.
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'Newport is a good team and has won their last six matches on the bounce so it should be a cracker,' he said. 'I believe we are good enough to overcome them and gain all three league points so we can move another place up the league. It is important to me that we do that because personally I do not want the history books to say we finished more than half way down the league after having so much success in the past few years.'
Lynn track National League prospect Jake Knight at reserve. The teenager was part of the Young Stars' septet who beat Newport's second string recently to clinch a KO Cup final spot against Buxton later this month.
Admission Prices: Adults �13, concessions �10, juniors (aged 12 to 15) �5 and free entry for children aged 11 and under.
Stars: 1 Olly Allen, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Chris Mills, 4 Kozza Smith, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Adam Roynon, 7 Jake Knight.
Wasps: 1 Leigh Lanham, 2 Kim Nilsson, 3 Craig Watson, 4 Kyle Legault, 5 Robin Aspegren, 6 Alex Davies, 7 Todd Kurtz.
King's Lynn's scheduled Pride of the East individual showpiece meeting will now take place on Saturday October 23. Lynn's final Premier League meeting of the season against Newcastle has been re-arranged for Wednesday, October 20 with the Young Stars' National League KO Cup final home leg set for the following Wednesday.