King’s Lynn unveil Niels-Kristian Iversen
King's Lynn Stars' Elite League era started tonight with the unveiling of Danish double world team cup winner Niels-Kristian Iversen.
The 28-year-old Dane was presented to supporters at a fans' forum held at the town's football club after agreeing terms with the top flight newcomers following Peterborough's decision not to race in the Elite for 2011.
Iversen will compete for Lynn in the Elite alongside his other club commitments in Denmark and Sweden next season in a move hailed by Stars' team boss Rob Lyon as a 'dream signing.'
'What can I say about Niels that people don't already know? He is ultra professional, very fast and a great team man,' said Lyon. 'He represents what this club has been all about in the Premier League which has proved to be extremely successful - so this is probably the best signing we could have made to kick start our team building plans.'
The former Danish U21 champion is delighted to return to the Saddlebow track where he launched his British career.
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'I have a lot of fond memories of King's Lynn and love the speed and shape of the track,' he said, after three meetings for Lynn back in 2001. 'Rob, Buster and Jonathan (Chapman) are great guys and I am extremely excited about being part of the team and proud to be the club's first signing for 2011. I am sure we will all enjoy a very successful year.'
Stars' chief Buster Chapman admitted Iversen had been his number one target after deciding to accept an Elite League switch.
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'It must have been hard for Niels to find out that he would no longer have a team place at Peterborough through no fault of his own,' he said. 'But he is such a nice guy and after half an hour with him we quickly came to a deal that proved to me what I have long believed about the majority of riders - racing is about the thrill and ambition and not about the money.'
Iversen was part of the Danish side crowned world champions in both 2006 and 2008. Iversen also appeared in the showcase grand prix series in 2006 against the best in the business - scoring eight points in his home GP that year.
For further reaction from tonight's fans' forum read the EDP on Friday.