King’s Lynn Stars able to use rising star Lambert in Elite League opener against Lakeside Hammers
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Teenage sensation Robert Lambert will be available for King's Lynn Stars' first fixture of the 2014 Elite League campaign.
Britain's most talked about young rider is unable to feature in speedway's top flight until his 16th birthday. But that will not affect his senior debut for Lynn because they start their campaign at home to Lakeside four days after the Norfolk Ace finally passes the age of 15.
Team boss Rob Lyon said: 'We wanted to start after the Grand Prix in New Zealand, which is also the same day of Rob's birthday (April 5).
'It's nice to begin with a home fixture and we'll be looking to try and get off to a winning start.'
The Norfolk Arena outfit, who finished fifth last year, suffered a terrible run of injuries which almost completely derailed their season. But they were still in play-off contention at the back end of the campaign and Lynn will be looking for more of the same when the two-wheel sport returns in a couple of months.
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Rearrangements permitting, the Stars' last four fixtures are set to be on the road but Lyon insists he is not dreading his men's run-in.
'I'm not too concerned at all about September,' he said.
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'If we get to that month and need x-amount of points at least we'll know what is required to get us in the top four. You have to ride everybody home and away twice.'
Former Lynn captain and fans' favourite Mads Korneliussen is poised to make his Saddlebow Road return for the first time with new-boys Leicester on April 30. That fixture will be the maiden 'A47 derby' between the two sides after Peterborough Panthers opted to drop into the Premier League during the winter and their 'neighbours' replaced them.
Lyon added: 'I do feel sad about Peterborough not being in the league. You always look first for Bank Holiday fixtures and back-to-back meetings and the Panthers were part and parcel of that.
'There should be plenty of regular racing for all clubs in 2014 which is what the fans want to see so that is the main thing. But it is sad about Peterborough and I'm just pleased they've managed to keep going and I hope they can make it work riding in the Premier League.'