Thomas Jorgensen is enjoying lift at Lynn, despite a tough start.

Thomas Jorgensen has vowed to be ready when King’s Lynn face Swindon at the Adrian Flux Arena on Monday.

Jorgensen crashed heavily when riding for his Championship side Newcastle at the weekend and raced through the pain barrier for the Poultec Stars at Peterborough on Monday.

“My bike was bent but thankfully it was just bruising for me,” he said.

“I wanted to race on Monday because I didn’t want to let the boys down and I’ll be ready for the meeting back at Lynn on Monday.”

“It’s been a tough start in some ways but I’m still enjoying it.

“We had a tough one at Ipswich and we couldn’t really get out the starts. It was only Lewis (Kerr) who managed to trap. 

“Ipswich were so good from the start, that’s why we lost the meeting really.

“I have been struggling with my gating so I need to get that sorted as soon as possible. 

“I have been really inconsistent.

“It has not been the best. I just need to sort out my gating, that’s the main thing.

“Nowadays you just have to gate and away you go.

“There is not the dirt on the track that there used to be. 

“It is obviously frustrating and hopefully I can turn that around as soon as possible.”

Jorgensen admitted the Foxhall track had taken the team by surprise.

“We thought the top layer looked like it was going to be grippy but it was greasy coming into the corner and then there was a little bit of grip in the middle of the corner.

“There wasn’t enough grip, though, and our set-ups were not really suitable for those conditions.

“I went to Ipswich before and it was really grippy. 

“I got around there okay. I got 13 points that time so that was a pretty good meeting. 

“I just think we should have been more prepared for the conditions.”

Anderson hits double figures in derby draw

The King’s Lynn Stars started their Premiership campaign with a 45-45 draw at Peterborough in the A47 Derby on Monday, reports Chris Milsom. 

Stars captain Robert Lambert top-scored at Peterborough.

A bumper bank holiday crowd turned out at the East of England Arena with plenty of travelling Stars fans to see the return of the rivalry after the Panthers’ promotion.

The Poultec Stars made the better start and held the upper hand for a large part of the meeting but the hosts kept the meeting close. 

Lynn held an eight-point lead at one stage but a hat-trick of 4-2s for the Panthers brought the teams level just after the interval. 

Stars reserve Kasper Andersen was rider of the night and won Heat 12 with Michael Palm-Toft getting the better of Ben Barker to take the all important third place point. 

Heat 13 was won by captain Robert Lambert but Ty Proctor, who enjoyed a welcome return to form, was trapped at the back. 

The Panthers took a 4-2 win in heat 14, thanks to a fine win from Aaron Summers, who did well to fight off the challenge of Kasper Andersen.

The Stars reserve tried everything he could to get past but could not. 

With the scores locked at 42-42 it was all down to Heat 15 to decide things.

There was drama at the start when home captain Hans Andersen touched the tapes, meaning that he was disqualified, and was replaced by Summers. 

Panthers No.1 Rohan Tungate had a mixed night but made the best gate of the night to power away from the chasing Stars pairing of Lambert and Proctor.

They settled for the minor placings to secure a draw and collected two league points and stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to three matches. 

Stars team manager Peter Schroeck said: “When we were eight up we knew we couldn’t take it for granted.

“The Peterborough boys are fast around here and we knew it was only a matter of time before they woke up – and they did!

“I felt we were unlucky in that Erik Riss blew two engines and Thomas Jorgensen was still feeling the effects of his crash up at Newcastle.

“Overall we have to be satisfied.”

Stars at Peterborough: Lambert 13, Riss 4+1 Jorgensen 3 Kerr 2, Proctor 8+1 Palm-Toft 5+1, Andersen 10.

Schroeck is keen to see Stars on fire

Peter Schroeck is proud of his King’s Lynn side following their draw with Peterborough on Monday.

The German stand-in team manager has overseen an upturn in fortunes since his arrival in Norfolk and the Poultec Stars have shown a renewed confidence with two wins and a draw from his first three meetings in charge.

He said: “You have to give some riders a confidence boost because that’s what picks them up.

“Thomas Jorgensen has been feeling the effects of his crash up at Newcastle and Erik Riss blew two engines against the Panthers. I’m proud of Kasper Andersen. What a performance against Peterborough! 

“We just need to get him going around our own track now and I’m really pleased for the lad.”

“On a track like King’s Lynn it does help if you can gate but Buster Chapman gives us a good race track with lines that you can use.

“It is all about having the confidence of using them.

“When these boys are on fire there is no stopping them.”