Peter Schroeck has paid tribute to King’s Lynn captain Robert Lambert after he starred in the opening Speedway Grand Prix in Warsaw.
Lambert scored eight points at the PGE Narodowy Stadium, including an excellent race win over Grand Prix regulars Fredrik Lindgren, Bartosz Zmarzlik and former World Champion Jason Doyle.
Stars boss Schroeck said: “It was a stunning performance from Robert.
“It just proves that he belongs at that level after getting into the semi-final in front of 54,000 people in Poland, which is a tough place to go. The boy did well.
“I do believe he deserves his place in the Grand Prix series. Obviously, it is unfortunate what is happening to Greg Hancock (he is taking time out due to his wife having cancer) but Robert deserves his place and I think he did himself and everyone proud.
“He made Greg proud because he replaced him in the series. It is phenomenal what he has done and long may it continue.
“Robert is racing in the Polish Ekstraliga now and it is the toughest league in the world.
“Mentally, you have got to be super strong because you’re always one step out of the team.
“It doesn’t matter who you are and what your name is, if you don’t perform then you’re out.
“Overall, Robert is doing really well and he is settling in.
“People must not forget he is only a young man still. He has got a long career ahead of him and he going about it in the right way, so I am really pleased for him.”
The British champion has been named in the line-up for the Slovenian Grand Prix on June 1 and Schroeck believes having a run of fixtures can help him focus on racing.
“It is the whole set-up you know, the whole mental aspect of it knowing that you are going every two weeks at that top level.
“I think he has suddenly realised what he has achieved himself. He could have gone in there thinking he was going to get just one or two Grands Prix, but I said to him to get stuck in.”
Tough derby test coming up
King’s Lynn will be looking to get back to winning ways when they face
Peterborough in a big Bank Holiday Monday clash at the East of England Arena.
The Stars are reeling from a dramatic defeat to Poole in the Supporters’ Cup last time out, where German flyer Erik Riss suffered a broken collarbone, while Lewis Kerr missed the fixture for personal reasons.
Riss, a key man for the Poultec Stars, came to grief in Heat 10 on the third turn and was taken to hospital with a collarbone injury.
Lynn boss Peter Schroeck said: “Our main concern was Erik Riss with a broken collarbone and he will be out for some weeks.”
Club bosses will be considering their options with Riss set to be on the sidelines and the middle order of their side having misfired recently.
However, the Norfolk outfit will hope that skipper Robert Lambert can continue his excellent recent form alongside fellow former Panther Michael Palm-Toft – who was in top form against the Pirates.
Peterborough will be buoyed by the signing of seven-time British champion Scott Nicholls and former British u21 champion Josh Bates – who joined the club in place of Ben Barker and Lasse Bjerre.
Stars suffer at hands of Pirates
A depleted King’s Lynn Stars team ran out of steam against Poole Pirates in the Premiership Supporters Cup at the Adrian Flux Arena on Monday, reports Chris Milsom.
A battling display by Poole saw them overturn a 12 point deficit to beat the Poultec Stars 49-41.
The Stars evening didn’t get off to the best start when Lewis Kerr withdrew from the meeting due to a family illness.
Even so, it started well for Lynn as they surged into a 12-point lead by Heat 6, with Robert Lambert getting back-to-back wins. He was backed up superbly by Michael Palm-Toft but Heat 10 saw the meeting swing in the Pirates’ favour.
Erik Riss was involved in a nasty crash when his bike lifted badly and sent him into the fence. A trip to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital revealed he had suffered a broken left collarbone.
The visitors used the loss of Riss to their advantage, picking up a run of five heat advantages to claim victory.
Lynn boss Peter Schroeck admitted it was “a tough night at the office” in a battling defeat at Belle Vue on Monday.
The Poultec Stars did well to fightback after a wretched start at the National Speedway Stadium, eventually going down 54-36.
Belle Vue rattled off four successive 5-1s in the opening four races before battling maximum heat wins from Lambert and Palm Toft helped add some respectability.
Schroeck said: “That was a really tough night. I was proud of the way we kept battling to get back.
“The boys worked really hard but it just didn’t happen in the end.”
Stars at Belle Vue: Palm Toft 12, Lambert 10+2, Proctor 5+1, Riss 4, Jorgensen 2, Andersen 2, Kerr 1.
Stars v Poole: Lambert 12, Riss 6+2 Proctor 2 Kerr R/R Jorgensen 7 Palm-Toft 13+1 Andersen 1.