Stars sound warning
King's Lynn Stars team boss Rob Lyon fired an ominous warning on the eve of tonight's Premier League speedway clash with Newcastle: The best is yet to come.
King's Lynn Stars team boss Rob Lyon fired an ominous warning on the eve of tonight's Premier League speedway clash with Newcastle: The best is yet to come. Only inclement weather looks capable of halting Lynn's march to a historic grand slam. The Stars were washed out twice on their travels over the past weekend in the Premier League Fours event at Workington and Sunday's scheduled trip to the Diamonds.
Lynn dismantled reigning champions Rye House at the Norfolk Arena last time - winning all 15 races on the card. Lyon, however, insists his men are far from the finished article.
“There is always room for improvement,” he said. “We have a lot of guys riding very well and if we steer clear of injuries then I expect us to be challenging for trophies.
“Away from home is slightly different, but I think we can be even more consistent. Guys like Trevor (Harding) seem to have had the odd mechanical problem from meeting to meeting.
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“If we can get those things right, then we can definitely be even better.”
Lynn will target maximum points from tonight's encounter and Saturday's re-arranged home fixture against Edinburgh to claw back lost ground due to a spate of rain-offs.
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The pre-season title favourites have slipped to fourth following the latest postponement at Brough Park. Glasgow Tigers, who Lynn mauled 62-28 at the Arena earlier this month, have moved six points clear of the Stars at the top of the pile.
“The league is much tighter than I ever anticipated,” said Lyon. “If we can win these two home meetings then that will push us right back up there and set us up for an exciting end to the season.
“It would be nice to finish top of the league table and go in to the play-offs full of confidence.”
The Geordie raiders arrive desperate for points to gatecrash the play-off picture after a disappointing campaign. Experienced heat leaders James Grieve and George Stancl lead a settled side including Josef Franc, who notched paid 11 from five on his previous Saddlebow outing.
Admission prices: £11 adults, £8 concessions, £4 juniors (12 to 15). Free entry for children aged 11 and under.
For further information, call norfolkarena.co.uk or call 01553 771111. Parade 7.30pm, first race 7.45pm.
Stars: 1 Kevin Doolan, 2 Troy Batchelor, 3 Trevor Harding, 4 Daniel Nermark, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Chris Mills, 7 John Oliver.
Diamonds: 1 George Stancl, 2 Manuel Hauzinger, 3 Christian Henry, 4 Josef Franc, 5 James Grieves, 6 Adam McKinna, 7 Jamie Robertson.