Poultec Stars rider Erik Riss, inset, has changed his style from his long track days, although not quite as extreme as in this photograph of him going through his paces at the Adrian Flux Arena! Picture: IAN BURT.

Erik Riss has revealed how he has had to adapt his riding style since ending his long-track career.

Riss is a firm favourite with King’s Lynn fans and has piled up the points so far this season.

The double World Long Track champion has ended that discipline to focus on speedway.

He said: “When I still did long track, I had a different style on a speedway bike than I have now. When you do long track and speedway, it influences your style on a bike.

“The two types of bikes are very different. Over the last two years since I stopped doing long track I would say that my style for speedway improved a lot, and on the back of that my scores improved too.

“I think that is the main reason because I don’t ride long track any more so I can fully focus on speedway. 

“I am a rider who always wants to try new things out style-wise and get more comfortable on the bike.

“I like to look at pictures of myself and think oh you’ve got a nice style you know. It is an important thing for me because I am a rider who always wants to improve on my style and make it perfect for me.

“I think to a certain stage it does matter what sort of style you have, and control you have over the bike. But I would say at the top level they all have control of the bike.

“When you look at the top 20 to 30 riders in the world, not everyone has a style where you think ‘wow that’s really nice’. Some riders have ugly styles but they are still really fast.

“Nowadays I think it is more about being light and having a good engine set-up. I would say the way you look on the bike isn’t that important because it is all about having control.”

Lambert gets GP call-up

Robert Lambert is thrilled to be called up for the opening Grand Prix of the season in Poland. 

Robert Lambert is with the elite.

King’s Lynn captain Lambert, who rides for GB in tomorrow’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations at Belle Vue, replaces USA icon Greg Hancock in Warsaw.

Hancock is taking a break from racing to care for his ill wife, who is suffering from breast cancer.

Youngster Lambert said: “This is a great opportunity for me and I’m delighted to be called up.

“Obviously I would like to send my best wishes to the Hancock family at this time and hope Jennie makes a full recovery.

“Now I have to focus and get set for some big meetings with the Speedway of Nations at Belle Vue and the Grand Prix a week later.

“As always I’ll be giving my best.”

Stars peg back Witches to grab point

Poultec Stars team manager Peter Schroeck paid tribute to his side after seeing them pick up a consolation point in a
48-42 defeat at Ipswich on Monday.

A bumper crowd was treated to a close contest with the outcome on a knife-edge for much of the meeting.

Just when Ipswich looked like pulling clear, the Stars, led by flying German Erik Riss, pegged them back with some determined riding.

Schroeck said: “There’s a good home advantage for the Ipswich boys like there is for us at our place, so I’m pleased with a point.

“I would have liked the win but we’ve taken something from a very good Ipswich team, who will be tough to beat around their own track.

“We had a couple of guys not at their best and that’s another reason I have to be pleased with a point.”

The Stars’ Premiership Supporters’ Cup trip to Swindon last night was called off.

The Abbey Stadium track took a lot of rain throughout Wednesday and more was forecast.

Swindon chairman Terry Russell said: “We have had so much positivity about the new track and everything the club have been doing we cannot risk undoing that.

“The track is still bedding in and I didn’t want to risk an unsatisfactory situation on a damp, wet and cold evening, which will go against all the good work put in.”

The Stars are next in action on Monday when they head to Wolverhampton in a league fixture. Their next home meeting is on Monday, May 20, against Poole in the Premiership Supporters’ Cup.

Stars at Ipswich: Riss 14, Palm Toft 8, Lambert 7, Jorgensen 5, Proctor 3+1, Andersen 3+1, Kerr 2+1.