King’s Lynn Stars’ speedy Swede Seb Alden insists he can shine on the Norfolk Arena’s ‘grippy track’

King's Lynn Stars rider Seb Alden. Picture: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Stars rider Seb Alden. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Speedy Swede Seb Alden is certain his style of racing will shine on the Saddlebow Road shale for King's Lynn Stars.

The 27-year-old earned rave reviews in the Premier League with Berwick and has been given the chance to have a crack at British speedway's top flight by Lynn for the 2013 campaign.

The Scandinavian, who will initially fill one of Lynn's two reserve berths, has been seen as one of the quickest riders outside of the Elite League and now hopes the Norfolk Arena will help him speed to success this season.

Alden said: 'I heard about the track. I haven't been on it before. The Tomas Topinka testimonial was the first time I've ridden on it. I was told the track was very good, and quite grippy, and I like grippy tracks. 'I think the track will suit my style. Hopefully it's going to be good. I haven't ridden on it yet when it's been grippy. It was very slick for the Topinka farewell so we'll see how we get on in the coming weeks.

'The track was one of the reasons I came. And when I saw the other boys who are here, they're all good riders, so I decided to come. All the boys, from one to seven, are very solid. I just want to do my best and see how I can do.'

Team boss Rob Lyon was told he must snap up the Swede by a host of his side's riders with many suggesting he was a 'red-hot reserve' who was too good to miss out on.

Alden's reputation only grew further with an impressive 13+4 haul for Swindon in last season's Elite League play-off final and the Stars' ace is looking to reach the end-of-season showcase again – this time in Lynn colours.

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He said: 'I was riding at the top level in Sweden a couple of years ago and when I came to England I've enjoyed a couple of good seasons in the Premier League. I'm really looking forward to riding in the Elite League, it's going to be interesting.

'The first final at Swindon was pretty good but the other one in Poole wasn't too good. But I'd like to race in another final for King's Lynn and hopefully we can do that. I've got a good feeling at the moment so hopefully it continues.'

Alden will be joined at reserve at the start of the season by popular Australian Kozza Smith.