Lasse Bjerre set to make his King’s Lynn Stars return at Belle Vue Aces
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Dane Lasse Bjerre is in line to make his King's Lynn Stars return at Belle Vue Aces this evening.
Team boss Rob Lyon says Seb Alden's replacement is available to race and will feature for Lynn in Manchester, subject to clearance from the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA).
Bjerre, 19 – who last featured for the Stars in 2011 – currently rides for Leicester in the Premier League and will continue to double-up with the Lions as well as play a part in Lynn's Elite League play-off push.
'It's another blow losing Seb. It's a big shame as he's had a good season with us,' said Lyon.
'He's struggled a bit of late but him quitting is another problem for us, like our constant injuries, to try and solve. We can't keep running rider/replacement for missing riders as that's too much for our reserves to do on tracks that are new to them.
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'We've submitted a new line-up to the BSPA and hopefully it will come into effect from today. Lasse is available to ride and I'm pretty confident it will be fine for him to do so.'
Injury-hit Lynn, who have dropped to sixth in the table after losing seven of their last eight meetings, surprisingly had no fitness problems ahead of the clash – up until after today's paper went to print.
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And once again the curse came back to hit the Saddlebow Road side when Nicklas Porsing crashed on the continent and suffered a suspected broken wrist. Young Stars ace Lewis Kerr has been drafted into the senior side for the evening as Lynn look to get their season back on track against the northern strugglers.
Lyon said: 'I feel like we are jinxed, like it's not meant to happen for some reason.
'But we can't feel sorry for ourselves, and that's what I'll be telling the boys. We've got to try and get a result at Belle Vue. We're in a better position than we were at this time last year and we've still got a good opportunity to reach the play-offs.
'It's in our hands and if we get some good results, starting tonight, and in the next week or so where we race Lakeside – who are also fighting for fourth as I believe the top three (Wolves, Swindon and Birmingham) are sorted – home and away we've got a good chance.'
Ex-Stars Kevin Wolbert and Ulrich Ostergaard will feature for the Aces, who themselves will be forced to operate with the rider/replacement facility due to Kauko Nieminen's knee injury.
Belle Vue: 1 Matej Zagar, 2 Rider/Replacement, 3 Craig Cook, 4 Kevin Wolbert, 5 Magnus Zetterstrom, 6 Ulrich Ostergaard, 7 Ales Dryml
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Mads Korneliussen, 4 Richie Worrall, 5 Rory Schlein, 6 Lewis Kerr (guest), 7 Andzejs Lebedevs