Sitera the final piece of jigsaw for Stars
King's Lynn's newest recruit Filip Sitera is looking forward to linking up with some familiar faces at the Norfolk Arena this season.
The 24-year-old former Czech U21 champion was yesterday unveiled as the final member of the club's Elite League squad ahead of the new season. Sitera raced alongside Olly Allen during his three-year top flight stint at Coventry and revealed he had been tempted to Saddlebow by compatriot Tomas Topinka – despite never having ridden the track.
'After last season I was really keen to ride in England again and I know Tomas very well and he told me all about King's Lynn,' said Sitera. 'I haven't ridden the track before but Tomas has told me it is one I will like. I just need to get over now and get some practice in so I can really get my set-ups right and adapt to the track.
'I know Olly from my time at Coventry and he is a good guy and of course Tomas I rode with in my Czech team. But I have looked at the team and with guys like Kenneth (Bjerre) and Niels-Kristian (Iversen) I think we will have a strong team and if we all come together then I think we can do well. All the guys are capable of scoring eight to 10 points at home. Obviously every track away from home is different. I am going to Italy with my Czech team in February for some practice so I hope to get over after that.'
Topinka is promising the Norfolk Arena faithful Sitera is a talented addition ahead of the club's Elite League bow.
'I have known Fillip and his family for many years and I'm prepared to take him under my wing and give him all the help and advice that he needs to make a success of his career at King's Lynn,' said Topinka, who will double up with Premier League Workington. 'He has a lot of talent and I am sure that with some special practice sessions around his new home track he will be faster than many of the visiting riders. With the experience he has previously gained in the league I would also say that he will have no problem holding his own away from home.'
Stars' team chief Rob Lyon believes his new look line-up will be competitive – with Lynn's hierarchy planning for tapes up in March despite an on-going legal challenge involving Coventry and Peterborough and the sport's ruling body.
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'This is such an exciting time for the club and to sign all 10 riders before any other team is a great testament in itself,' he said. 'It shows that we are ambitious and are not here to make up the numbers. This year's Elite League is shaping up to have an exciting mix of riders and whether it ends up having eight or 10 teams, we should all embrace it and enjoy the season of world class action which lies ahead.'
Squad: 1 Kenneth Bjerre 9.47 average, 2 Niels K Iversen 7.76, 3 Mads Korneliussen 6.26, 4 Olly Allen 4.78, 5 Tomas Topinka and Morten Risager doubling up 4.58, 6 Sam Masters and Lasse Bjerre doubling up 4.03, 7 Fillip Sitera 3.00, 8 Adam Roynon 3.00.