Lyon relishing King’s Lynn Stars’ ‘underdog’ status ahead of Elite League tapes up
Rob Lyon insists he is relishing the challenge of proving the sceptics wrong as King's Lynn Stars look to belittle their Elite League 'underdog' status again this season.
Lyon's Stars finished a surprise third on their return to British speedway's top tier last campaign to secure an end of season play-off place.
Eventual champions Poole Pirates crushed Lynn's dreams with a 108-75 aggregate victory and many pundits have already suggested the Norfolk Arena outfit will struggle to reach the semi-finals this time round.
However, despite losing number one Kenneth Bjerre to fierce rivals Peterborough Panthers, Lyon remains upbeat about the Stars chances.
The Stars team boss said: 'We've got a different looking team now but we're looking forward to the big challenge.
'I don't buy into this 'we haven't got a number one this season' scenario – because we've got good reserves too.
'We finished third last year and we were very much underdogs and I'll be telling the guys to prove people wrong again.
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'Speedway fans are intelligent. They know what riders are capable of but it's all down to the way a team gels. If we can get it right then we've got a good chance of doing well.
'If we can get in the play-offs again and provide our fans with some good entertainment then it'll be a successful season again.'
Niels-Kristian Iversen will spearhead the Stars' hopes after being promoted to number one.
The arrival of Polish superstar and World Under-21 champion Maciej 'Magic' Janowski has also whet the appetite of supporters who are looking forward to tapes up at home against Eastbourne Eagles on March 28.
Lyon, who will mentor Bjerre during this season's Speedway Grand Prix series, admits he is starting to get excited about Lynn's season beginning.
'From Christmas until about now I pulled away from speedway,' said Lyon.
'I needed a rest and I wanted to relax for a couple of months so I could recharge my batteries and get that enjoyment back.
'But now the weather's starting to get better and we're into March you do get a bit excited about the new season.'
Lynn will unveil their Stars, Young Stars and Lightning teams next Wednesday.
Young Star Tom Stokes looks set to miss the press and practice day after breaking his wrist while riding at Rye House.
Press and practice day schedule:
• 10am-2pm: Practice for Young Stars and Lightnight team
• 3-4pm: Young Stars and Lightning press and public photos
• 6-6.30pm: Rider autograph session
• 6.30-7pm: Press photos and interviews
• 7-8pm: Practice and match races
• 8pm: Six-heat Lightning Anglian League match (opponents TBA)
* �2 entry charge will go to Speedway Riders' Benevolent Fund