King’s Lynn new boy Iversen predicts bright future
King's Lynn's new Danish double world team cup winner Niels-Kristian Iversen will relish the chance to spearhead the Stars' Elite League return.
The 28-year-old Dane was presented to supporters at last night's fans' forum held at the town's football club after agreeing terms for 2011 following Peterborough's decision not to race in the Elite. Iversen will compete for Lynn alongside his other club commitments in Denmark and Sweden and is bullish about the Stars' top flight prospects.
'The people here know what the game is all about and it might be new for them in the Elite but they have a big history and I don't think there is any big difference coming in from the Premier,' he said. 'I don't have any problems with being seen as one of the main riders. I take it as a compliment, rather than extra pressure. My average says I will be one of the leaders. I don't know if I will be a number one but the pressure is always on to do the job.
'No one really knows at the moment which riders are going to which teams but what I have seen is some different options of what the team here could look like and it looks good to me. I think they could challenge at the top of the league and we'll see when we get going. As for me, let's see how it goes this year and you never know what happens in the future.'
Iversen admits he was relieved to finally sort out his own future after Peterborough's shock decision to withdraw from the Elite League alongside champions Coventry.
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'I don't think anybody really knew where they stood for a few days,' he said. 'It was as weird situation but the main thing for me is I now have a ride for next year. I still wanted to ride in England, for sure, that is one of my big priorities. I've always enjoyed it here. I spoke to two different teams and I had to make up mind as soon as possible and just felt King's Lynn was the right move for me.
'I had a few meetings here before when Nigel Wagstaff was here but I've done a few since and it's a good track. I raced for Peterborough a few years ago and I came for Tom Madsen's testimonial - but the track is one of the best in England.'
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Stars' chief Buster Chapman insisted Iversen's capture is a signature signing.
'To be honest, he was first choice when we looked at what was available,' he said. 'Every single team that we wrote down on paper, had Niels in it. We were confident that he was the man we wanted to go for and when we sat down it was quick and simple.
'I go to Peterborough most weeks, I watch him ride, and for us it was an obvious move and one we are glad he agreed. Hopefully, this sets a marker down about what we are about. If we can get the riders that we want to fit in with the averages and in the right order within the team then people will be excited. We have a lot of options, we could sign a team right now but it wouldn't be the complete one we want. We have to sit around and wait for riders to become available.'
Fellow co-promoter Jonathan Chapman confirmed talks are planned with long-serving skipper Tomas Topinka.
'Tomas is away on holiday at the minute, so we are waiting for him to come back before we can speak to him properly about where we are at,' he said. 'When he went away he was thinking he would be number one for us in the Premier League and he is returning with us in Elite and, no disrespect, but Tomas is not a number one rider in the Elite. That is why we have had to go out and recruit a rider like Niels. He's a very exciting racer, very professional and great to watch. We need to have a meeting to see where we go, it's as simple as that right now but of course we would always like Tomas in the team.'