King’s Lynn sprinkle some magic dust on 2012 plans
King's Lynn Stars have secured the signing of Polish superstar and World Under-21 champion Maciej 'Magic' Janowski and the experienced super Swede Daniel Nermark.
Twenty-year-old, Janowski, who from Wroclaw in Poland, is one of the hottest prospects in world speedway, taking the World U-21 crown from ex-King's Lynn rider Darcy Ward in last year's Championship.
Stars manager Rob Lyon could not disguise his delight about the captures, which were revealed at a fans forum at The Walks last night.
'To be successful this season we need a rider who will improve his average by two or three points,' he said. 'With Magic joining us on a ridiculously low average of 6.06 I believe he will be the rider to achieve that. On his last visit to King's Lynn he beat both Kenneth and Niels and scored an incredible 17 out of 18 points, so I see no reason why he can't continue that sort of form.'
Stars co-promoter Jonathan Chapman thinks the UK hasn't seen the best of 'Magic' yet, saying: 'The results in his homeland and the rest of Europe show just how good he really is. I am extremely excited he is joining us and would like to thank Greg Hancock and Morgan Hughes for all their help.'
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With a powerhouse top three of Niels Kristian Iversen, Mads Korneliussen and Maciej Janowski plus solid back up from Kevin Wolbert, David Howe and Kozza Smith the Stars management have continued their spell binding team building by signing the popular all action Swede, Daniel Nermark.
'It hasn't been easy making it all work but we have miraculously managed to fit Daniel into the team,' said Lyon. 'He is a great rider and still has a lot of fans at King's Lynn after two magnificent seasons with us in the Premier League.
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'Our fans may only remember Daniel from those days and the one off performance he had against us for Birmingham last season, but he has truly made incredible strides in the past couple of seasons and became one of the top riders in Poland and Sweden.
'In fact he has achieved a higher average than Maciej, Kenneth and Fredrik Lindgren in Poland, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him step up a gear and earn a nomination in a few heat 15s during the coming season.'
For a few fans the alarm bells may now be ringing, realising that the Stars have built a team which exceeds the 41 point limit that has been set for the 2012 'Sky Sports' Elite League
But Jonathan Chapman, the club's other co-promoter, explained how they will make it all fit together.
'Thanks to Poole Speedway we were alerted to the fact that Kevin Wolbert would be entitled to a new average after just two away meetings due to his 'rolling average' from 2011,' he said. 'At present he's averaging 4.28 points and when you consider he will start the season in the main body of the team we do not believe that figure will change much.
'So to start the season we will double up David Howe and Kozza Smith together at number six and Fillip Sitera and Michael Palm Toft at number seven. Then, when Kevin is issued his new average at the start of April and moves to reserve we will have a shuffle around and bring a new rider in to partner David in the main body of the team. While Kozza will go to number 7 along with Dakota North and Fillip will become our new number 8.'
Buster Chapman believes 2012 has the potential to be the most exciting season Stars fans have ever witnessed.
'This team is not just strong but also exciting. Every one of the riders loves to race and I fear anyone that gates ahead of them. It will certainly be a spectacular to watch and I am sure our fans will love every minute.'
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