King’s Lynn’s Korneliussen is a shining light
King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon yesterday hailed all-action Dane Mads Korneliussen as the club's 'shining light' this season.
Korneliussen will again lead from the front in tonight's Elite League test against Wolverhampton at the Norfolk Arena after earning his first World Cup call up for next month's global team showpiece. (7:30pm)
The 28-year-old managed to eclipse compatriot and Lynn team mate Kenneth Bjerre with paid 17 on Danish club duty for Outrup on Monday after double digit scores over the weekend in both Germany and Poland. Lyon believes the reliable second string has been a key figure in the Stars' impressive top flight return this campaign.
'I think he has been everything we expected and more. He has been the shining light in our team,' he said. 'He is not a rider I knew too much about before he came to King's Lynn. I knew of him but not what he was like and he has been superb. He has been the rider-of-the-season for us so far without any shadow of doubt and I think his form abroad reflects how his whole season has gone.
'He has been a major factor in our form. He has the heart of a lion, he is a 100% man and that goes down well with the fans. He knows no other way. I'm sure he'd like to start better on a consistent basis but it makes it exciting for the fans.'
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Lyon knows Korneliussen and the rest of Lynn's septet must be on the money this evening against a Wolves outfit surprisingly propping up the rest of the division.
'I'm a little bit surprised but this league is very competitive,' he said. 'I have said that many times before this season. Obviously someone has to be bottom but it is a tad surprising to see Wolves there. With all due respect to a Premier League scenario if you were a side near the top racing a team at the bottom at home the fixture wouldn't necessarily look that attractive. In this league every team coming here this season can potentially be very competitive. Wolves will be no different. We'll have to be on top form to get all the points. The front four can all get round King's Lynn pretty well. Hopefully it will be another interesting one.
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'It is very tight at that top end of the table now. You never want to accept getting two (points) at home, but that is an absolute minimum requirement. Three keeps us in that nice bunch just in behind the top two and ahead of the rest and gives us a nice little cushion. The home wins take the pressure off the away meetings. We can just go out and enjoy those races and pick up what we can along the way.'
Lynn will have four racers on World Team Cup duty next month with Niels-Kristian Iversen and Bjerre joining Korneliussen in the Danes' front five with skipper Olly Allen on standby for Team GB.
'It shows we have riders who are competing not only to their ability but at times beyond expectations,' said Lyon. 'It's great for the club and the guys involved. I'm disappointed Olly hasn't got a chance at King's Lynn because I think he would have had a major impact and scored quite a few points, but that is the way it is. I think it would be unlikely he would get a chance in Poland later on in the competition, with all due respect to him, but he is in the squad and you never know. If he gets a call up them good luck to him.'
Lynn were forced into a late change yesterday after confirmation Lasse Bjerre was injured racing in a crash in Denmark. Recent Berwick recruit Lee Complin deputises at number six.
• Gates open 6.00pm. Parade 7.30pm; first race 7.45pm.
• Admission prices: Adults �15, concessions �12, junior (aged 12 to 15 years) �5 with free entry for children aged 11 and under. Tickets can be purchased on the night or are available in advance from klstars.co.uk.
• Stars: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Sam Masters, 3 Olly Allen, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Niels Iversen, 6 Lee Complin, 7 Fillip Sitera.
• Wolves: 1 Fredrik Lindgren, 2 Ty Proctor, 3 Ludvig Lindgren, 4 Tai Woffinden, 5 Peter Karlsson, 6 Tyson Burmeister, 7 Ricky Wells.