Erik Riss hopes King’s Lynn can use the grippy track at the Adrian Flux Arena to their advantage when they face Poole in the Premiership Shield first leg on Monday, 7.30pm.
The former World Longtrack champion showed a real liking for the Norfolk circuit last term and is pleased to be back with the Poultec Stars.
Riss said: “I came to King’s Lynn midway through last season and I did really well.
“I adapted to the track really quick and put in some good scores at home.
“I got better and better, especially at the end. I found a set-up for the track and it was quite easy to score points.
“That was one of the main reasons I wanted to come back.
“King’s Lynn is a good home track. It’s kind of like a specialist track because it is so grippy. You won’t find any other track like that in the Premiership.
“When some away riders come here they seem to struggle a bit but it’s good for us riding on this track every week. We’re used to it.”
The 23-year-old German is looking forward to reigniting his partnership with British champion Robert Lambert – which he said is virtually telepathic.
He said: “I look forward to riding with Robert. We got on straight away last year and I think the thing is that we’re both really humble. We don’t talk much but we understand each other on the track.
“Even though we don’t speak before the races, we just know what we have got to do.
“I think that is why we had so many good results.”
Youngsters are sport’s future
King’s Lynn wonder boy Robert Lambert is urging the people of Norfolk to turn out in force and enjoy live speedway.
Lambert has revealed how he fell in love with the sport from an early age, both live at the track and watching on TV.
He said: “Speedway is a fantastic sport and we need to see more youngsters coming along and enjoying it.
“I loved the sport the first time I saw it and here at King’s Lynn we have some of the fastest racing in the world.
“It’s a great night out and the club work hard with incentives to bring the children.
“We need to see more of a younger audience.
“The fact that every race is over in a minute means the meeting is great to watch. If there’s a race won from the start you know the next race isn’t far away.
“I love Lynn. I’ve had some great times around there and I’m looking forward to being back on Monday against Poole. It’s going to be a big night and I can’t wait.”
Campos keen to pass on a winning team
Scott Campos has been drafted in as a temporary team manager while Dale Allitt recovers from a virus.
The former Lynn junior side rider and chief has made the switch to the senior side for the opening few meetings of the season, starting with last night’s scheduled trip to take on Ipswich Witches in the season-opening Supporters Cup derby encounter.
Inspirational Allitt led the Stars to a memorable season in the Premiership in 2018 and will return to the role as soon as he is 100 per cent fit.
Campos said: “I want to wish Dale all the best and I hope that he’s back soon.
“Even so, I’m really happy to be given the opportunity to cover for him for the short term and can’t wait to get started.
“We have a great bunch of lads, who have a point to prove after last season so it’s going to be a good experience.
“All the boys have been great in welcoming me on board. It will be important to get off to a good start to the season.
“The plan is that Dale comes back to inherit a winning side. The spirit has been brilliant because the boys know each other so well.
“Let’s hope we can go one better in the Premiership in 2019.”