Rob Lyon is revved up for King’s Lynn Stars’ charge for Elite League glory

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The moment Rob Lyon set his heart on before the tapes had even come up on King's Lynn's season has finally arrived.

Speedway fans on turn one. Picture: Ian Burt

Speedway fans on turn one. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Lynn's boss had one goal – to reach the play-offs. And after dominating the Elite League all season, finishing second to tonight's opponents Poole Pirates due to an inferior points difference, that dream will be realised this evening. The Stars welcome Britain's most dominant outfit of recent years for a semi-final first leg. And Lynn's boss admits he can't wait for the action to commence at Saddlebow Road.

Lyon said: 'We want the whole town behind us. We want all of our supporters behind us. It doesn't get any bigger than this in speedway terms and Elite League racing.

'We've been in the play-offs a couple of years ago but to be able to try and lift that trophy for the first time in our history is what it's about. And we're close to it, so it doesn't get any better than that.

'I think it will be two cracking matches, very competitive and may the best team win – but hopefully that will be us.'

Rob Lyon and (R) Rory Schlein. Picture: Ian Burt

Rob Lyon and (R) Rory Schlein. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT


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Lynn's opponents have won two of the last three grand finals to stamp their authority on the Elite League in recent years. But they will be without Darcy Ward, still suspended for failing an alcohol test before a recent Grand Prix, and Josh Grajczonek. Their places will be taken by Danny King – a shock choice to ride at number one – and Craig Cook. Lynn themselves are still getting to grips with being without their own top gun, injured world number three Niels-Kristian Iversen. But the timely return of Kenneth Bjerre in Saturday's Grand Prix allows guest Scott Nicholls to ride at number three rather than the head of his temporary team tonight.

'Finding two guests would have been impossible,' said Lyon, who only had five teams to choose riders from with Coventry and Swindon locking horns in the other play-off fixture this evening.

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'I think we've seen that with the Poole line-up, with all due respect to all of the riders involved. It's very difficult to find guests. We've been fortunate to be able to have Scotty available for us. It's unfortunate really because it's made the play-offs a little bit of a lottery in some respects. Because without a doubt, Poole and ourselves with our full strength teams would be favourites. It's sort of not a level playing field now, which is a shame.

'But we're still up for it and we still want to win it. And we still believe we can win it.'

Bjerre – who little more than a fortnight ago dislocated his shoulder as a result of a nasty crash – only picked up one point from his five rides during Saturday's GP in Stockholm. More importantly, he seems to have come through the meeting unscathed despite a heavy fall in his final ride. Which is vital because much of Lynn's chances of picking up a big victory margin will depend on how he performs.

Lynn have installed a giant screen so fans at tonight's meeting can also take in the other semi-final between Coventry Bees and Swindon Robins.

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