Speedway boss ready to start again
King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon will attempt to jump start the Stars' rain-affected season in Wednesday night's Premier League KO Cup second round, second leg against Redcar (7.
King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon will attempt to jump start the Stars' rain-affected season in Wednesday night's Premier League KO Cup second round, second leg against Redcar (7.45pm).
The holders bid to clinch a semi final spot at fortress Saddlebow after a 45-45 opening leg draw on Teeside, but Lyon has one eye on the bigger picture.
“It does feel a little like starting over again for us,” he admitted. “With all the rain offs and the run of away meetings it'll be nice just to race at King's Lynn and get a home meeting under our belts.
“We've got a hectic spell coming up now and we want to get going to haul ourselves back up the league table. The boys had started off in solid fashion and we need to pick it up again.”
Lyon is wary of Redcar's top end strength. Gary Havelock stepped up his return from a rib injury in the British Final at Wolverhampton earlier this week. French racer Matthieu Tresarrieu is also back in the saddle after breaking his collarbone against Rye House recently. Teenage talent Josh Auty is ruled out with the 16-year-old currently on GCSE exam leave. Newport guest Karlis Esargailis forms a new reserve pairing with Rusty Hodgson.
“They certainly have riders capable of upsetting the form book,” said Lyon. “Redcar have plenty of quality in their team so we need to concentrate. For this one it's not about how many we win by, only that we do win. That is the bottom line.”
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Paul Lee (hip) returns after a heavy tumble in last week's opening leg that was set to force him out of Sunday's postponed Premier Trophy semi at Glasgow. Shane Waldron partners James Brundle at reserve.
“It's a chance for Shane to show us what he can do,” said Lyon. “It's great experience for the guy. Paul is fit to ride so if he comes through unscathed then hopefully we can get an injury free run.”
Lyon insists Lynn are up for the fight after recent battling displays from Norfolk Arena visitors Birmingham and Glasgow.
“It's nice to see teams prepared to come here, have a real go and put us under pressure,” he said. “Hopefully Redcar will show a similar positive attitude. Time will tell.”
t Parade 7.30pm, first race 7.45pm. Admission prices: £12 adults, £8 concessions, £4 for children (aged 12 to 15) with free entry for children aged 11 and under.
t Stars: 1 Tomas Topinka, 2 Chris Mills, 3 Daniel Nermark, 4 Trevor Harding, 5 Paul Lee, 6 James Brundle, 7 Shane Waldron.
t Bears: 1 Gary Havelock, 2 Matthieu Tressarieu, 3 James Grieves, 4 Arlo Bugeja, 5 Chris Kerr, 6 Karlis Esargailis, 7 Rusty Hodgson.