Kasper Andersen is focussed on Stars success.Picture: PHIL LANNING.

SPEEDWAY: King’s Lynn Stars have rewarded hard-working Kasper Andersen with a place in their 2019 Premiership side.

Andersen missed the second half of last season with injury and could not reclaim his place before heading to Championship side Sheffield on loan.

Now he’s back at the Adrian Flux Arena where he links up with British champion Robert Lambert – and Stars chief Dale Allitt is delighted after following his progress in Yorkshire.

He said: “I always said to Kasper that we’d get him another job to get him through to the end of the year and within 24 hours we’d spoken to Damien (Bates – co-promoter) at Sheffield and he’d got himself a team place.

“I went to a few meetings with Kasper during that time and he was a totally different rider.

“He had some really good scores, particularly at Edinburgh, where he beat Ricky Wells and Erik Riss, which is a great achievement up there.

“Racing in the Championship showed everyone what Kasper is capable of and with his ability and determination he can have a really good year in 2019.

“He’s so much more organised now he’s got an idea of what it’s all about; he’s got a full-time mechanic, which will benefit him hugely because he won’t have to worry about doing the bikes himself.

“Kasper has got the potential to improve so much and he can really kick on with us in the Premiership. He could be key to our chances.”

Andersen, 20, who will also be riding again for Sheffield, as well as with Danish side Grindsted, is pleased to be back in Norfolk and said: “I joined the Stars last year and it felt great.

“I was struggling at first and then, as soon as I got up to speed, I got injured.

“The fans were always supportive and when I had some tough meetings it really gave me a boost that I had their support.

“I am working with Buster Chapman and Dale Allitt on a way I can be fast around Lynn, because it is grippier than any other track I have ridden, so I have to learn to ride the track, and then I will be really fast.”

  •  Kelvin Tatum, one of Britain’s most successful riders of the 1980s, is backing King’s Lynn Stars captain Robert Lambert to challenge for the world title.

Tatum, who is now a successful TV pundit with BT Sport, will be appearing at the Adrian Flux Arena on Thursday January 31 with his tour, talking about life on the road and answering questions on the sport (see below).

The former World Long Track Champion said: “Robert can be the next great thing for our sport.

“He has got the ability.

“I was delighted to see him win the British title and he rode brilliantly in the World Pairs Championship with Tai Woffinden to help us to silver.

“If he continues to apply himself correctly, and do all the right things, I feel he can become a Grand Prix rider and challenge for the title itself a few years down the line.”