King’s Lynn reserve Sitera looks to impress
King's Lynn reserve Filip Sitera insists the Stars will need to be at their Saddlebow best to halt reigning champions Coventry in tonight's Elite League clash. (7.45pm)
The Bees track Russian GP talent Emil Sayfutdinov for his domestic debut but Sitera is confident Lynn can prevail on home shale against his former employers.
'I know from my time at Coventry they are a big club and they are always strong,' said the Czech, who spent three years there. 'But King's Lynn is going to be a new track for some of their riders. I think we have the best track in the world and good riders can score points on it because it is like a lot of the European tracks they will be used to. We still have a home advantage and hopefully we can get a minimum two points. Bringing in a guy like him will make it almost like the grand final of the Elite League.
'You have two very good teams and in these type of meetings every point is so important because it'll be very tough and the result probably won't be decided until the very end.'
Sitera posted an impressive paid seven in Monday's battling away defeat at Belle Vue after Rob Lyon's men bounced back from a heavy Lakeside reverse.
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'Yes, it was a very good meeting for me. I enjoyed it and I could have scored even more points but Rory Schlein pushed me towards the fence in my final ride,' he said. 'It was good after the Lakeside meeting because that was a difficult one on a track that is so different to ours. I love it here at King's Lynn. It's a very nice club, with very nice people.
'We have the fans behind the riders and that is good also because in some meetings in this league it will be difficult for us. The team spirit with the guys is very good. Sometimes you have one rider who is really struggling in a meeting and that is when you need the whole team to come together. We are a young team but I think the play-offs are definitely possible.'
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Bees' co-promoter Alun Rossiter believes the stunning capture of former World U21 champion Sayfutdinov is a boost for the Elite League.
'It's an absolutely massive signing not only for us, but also for British speedway, and everyone should see the benefits from it,' he said.
'Emil is box office, he's the rider everyone is talking about and it's another big boost for speedway in this country after we've already seen Nicki (Pedersen) come back.
'I hope Jonathan (Chapman) at King's Lynn gets a huge crowd on Wednesday.
'Emil is so keen to come here, and I was amazed by what I saw when I went out to Poland earlier in the week to tie the deal up. He is just so professional, and we can't wait for him to get started with us.
'I know there will be some people who will question his commitment as we're bringing him in with the season already started, but I can assure them I have absolutely no concerns whatsoever having been out to see him.
'In fact, Emil has already gone out of his way to make himself available for our fixtures.'
• Gates open 6pm, parade 7.30pm, first race 7:45pm.
• Admission prices: Adults �15, concessions �12, juniors (aged 12 to 15 years) �5 and free entry for children aged 11 and under.
• King's Lynn Stars: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Sam Masters, 3 Olly Allen, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 6 Lasse Bjerre, 7 Filip Sitera.
•Coventry Bees: 1 Emil Sayfutdinov, 2 Przemyslaw Pawlicki, 3 Ryan Fisher, 4 Kenni Larsen, 5 Edward Kennett, 6 Richard Sweetman, 7 Josh Auty.