King’s Lynn chief Lyon wary of wounded Eagles
King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon is wary of the threat posed by Elite League table toppers Eastbourne tonight at the Norfolk Arena. (7.45pm)
Second-placed Lynn have swept all before them at Saddlebow but Lyon insists the Eagles will look to bounce back from a televised ten point defeat at struggling Swindon on Bank Holiday Monday.
'I was at the Ipswich meeting earlier in the day and only got back to see the last couple of heats,' he said. 'I was actually surprised Swindon were able to rally themselves and get the win by more than seven points, but that was good for us because it will be very tight in this league and any help you get from teams taking points off other teams is welcome.
'I'm not surprised to see them up there. Bjarne Pedersen has carried on from where he left off last season. The team had a solid look about it and they have lads who can score points from reserve which is crucial. The likes of Lewis Bridger have now stepped up into the main body of the team, but they still can call on someone like Cameron Woodward. It'll be interesting to see how they go. They have coped well on the bigger tracks this season. I saw them at Peterborough where they were right in that meeting until Peterborough got themselves together and pulled away.'
Lasse Bjerre returns to the home septet after missing the Good Friday win over pre-season title favourites Poole due to Danish riding commitments. Bjerre's more illustrious elder brother and Stars' grand prix ace Kenneth will aim to bounce back from his disappointing Pairs' display on home shale last week.
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'He just had one of those meetings I guess with mechanical gremlins. You just hope the bad one is out of the way now,' said Lyon. 'Lasse hasn't ridden for us away from home yet but he hasshown enough already that he can handle this league at home where he looks to be dialled in.'
Bjerre's Ipswich team mate and Stars' squad man Morten Risager is poised for a spell on the sidelines after severing the little finger on his right-hand in a shunt at Rye House on Monday night.
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Stars' number eight Adam Roynon was also ruled out for up to three months after breaking his leg on Witches' duty.
'Adam broke his femur last week and will be out for maybe two to three months,' said Lyon. 'He was at the Ipswich meeting on Monday after being released from hospital although I didn't actually see him. He's had an horrendous time with injuries in his career and it's difficult to know what to say, but he just has to work hard to get himself fit again. We put a squad together at the start of the season and of course injuries are part and parcel of it. We'll have to perhaps sit down now and work out what we do with the number eight position.
'I don't know the full details of what happened with Morten, but they were operating on him Tuesday morning and hoping to re-attach the finger. It's the little one on his right hand and we wish him well and a speedy recovery.'
• Gates open at 6pm, parade at 7:30pm with the first race at 7:45pm
• Admission prices: Adults �15, concessions �12, junior (aged 12 to 15 years) �5 with free entry for children aged 11 and under.
• Stars: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Tomas Topinka, 3 Olly Allen, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 6 Lasse Bjerre, 7 Filip Sitera.
• Eagles: 1 Bjarne Pedersen, 2 Lukas Dryml, 3 Simon Gustafsson, 4 Lewis Bridger, 5 Jonas Klymakorpi, 6 Timo Lahti, 7 Cameron Woodward.