King’s Lynn sign Korneliussen
King's Lynn co-promoter Buster Chapman is backing latest Elite League recruit Mads Korneliussen to become a firm fans' favourite.
Chapman is confident the 27-year-old's all action style will endear him to the Norfolk Arena faithful after the club's hierarchy signed their fourth Danish ace ahead of Lynn's top flight bow. Former Swindon racer Korneliussen joins compatriots Niels-Kristian Iversen and brothers Lasse and Kenneth Bjerre at Saddlebow.
'All I can say is 'Mad' by name and 'mad' by nature,' said Chapman. 'I can still remember the days when he came to Lynn in the Premier League with Newport. Obviously since then he has got a lot faster but what I love about this guy is that he never gives up. There will simply never be a boring race while Mads is involved and that's why I am sure he will become a fans' favourite this season.'
Korneliussen has already pledged to push Iversen for the second heat leader spot after a string of consistent campaigns at Elite League level.
'I have had a few strong seasons in the Elite League,' he said. '2008 is a particular one when I rode as a second heat leader to Leigh Adams and finished the season on a 7.59 average. I would like to think that I can get back to my best again this season and challenge Niels for the second heat leader spot. King's Lynn is such a great racer's track and even though it is always easier to win a race from the gate I will have great fun in winding it on around the outside if I have to.'
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Stars' team boss Rob Lyon believes the club's Danish core offers a solid base to be competitive in the top flight.
'It's not that I prefer Danish riders over all others, I just simply look at each rider's ability individually and what they can bring to the team,' he said. 'Obviously this year there is a lot of Danish riders who have fitted that bill and I have no reservations in using them as they are all really nice guys who live in the country and speak perfect English. Personally, I think with the signings we have made so far we have got a good team who will thrive on helping each other in the pits and working as a team.'
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Co-promoter Jonathan Chapman revealed the club's top brass will aim to complete their line up in the coming days.
'It is all coming together nicely and even though we were the last team to join the Elite League we have worked extra hard to make sure we are the first to complete our team,' he said. 'It is hard to gauge exactly how our line up will match up to the other ones but I believe we have managed to get a good mix of proven Elite League performers and track specialists who have the potential to make a mark in the league above. In all honesty, I think that we have also made a very shrewd signing with Mads and hopefully he will be one of the best third heat leaders around.'