KING’S Lynn have moved to bolster their top-end strength with the signing of Great Britain ace Craig Cook.
Cook replaces injured German Erik Riss, who has a collarbone injury. To keep the Poultec Stars within the team building limit, they have handed Simon Lambert an opportunity at reserve in place of the unlucky Kasper Andersen.
Cook, a regular in the Grand Prix series last season, will renew his partnership with Robert Lambert after the pair rode in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations a fortnight ago.
He is fully aware of the rich heritage Lynn have as one of the leading clubs in the sport.
“They are a great club, steeped in tradition with great riders down the years, such as Michael Lee, Dave Jessup and, more recently, Niels-Kristian Iversen,” said Cook.
“It’s hugely exciting to be teaming up with Robert. We race together for Great Britain in the Speedway of Nations and I believe we can ride well together for the Stars.”
Boss Peter Schroeck is delighted to welcome Cook.
“He’s a proven performer at the top level,” he said. “I’m delighted to be able to bring him to Lynn. He gives us a sharp end at the top of the team with Robert.
“We feel sad for Kasper. He’s a victim of the points limit but we felt we had to do something to strengthen the top of the team in the absence of Erik.
“We welcome Simon and hope he can chip in with some useful points.
“We can’t wait to welcome Craig for his Lynn debut against Wolverhampton next Monday.”
Home at last for new-look Lynn
King’s Lynn will be looking for their first league win when they take on Wolverhampton at the Adrian Flux Arena on Monday, 7.30pm.
The Poultec Stars are yet to race at home in the Premiership, having raced five times on the road, picking up three points.
Fans will be buoyed by the signing of former British champion Craig Cook, who is making his first appearance in the top flight in 2019, having spent the last seven years with Belle Vue.
Wolves will be licking their wounds after they suffered back-to-back defeats against league leaders Belle Vue.
The visitors will be led by former Stars’ rider Rory Schlein – who has settled in well at Monmore Green, since joining the club in 2017.
Peter Adams’ side will have Jacob Thorssell and Nick Morris back in their line-up after both made a comeback from injury against the Aces.
Stars mauled by Panthers in derby
King’s Lynn were made to pay for a slow start to the Bank Holiday Monday clash at Peterborough, reports Chris Milsom.
The new-look Panthers put the Poultec Stars to the sword, coming out 54-36 victors.
Four heat advantages from the home side saw them fly into an early 18-6 lead, although the Stars hit back with a 5-1 heat maximum of their own, thanks to their main points contributors Robert Lambert and Michael Palm-Toft.
The Stars kept themselves within striking distance but the strength of the Panthers came through in the vital heats.
Talented Kiwi Bradley Wilson-Dean helped himself to a paid maximum of 11+1 and looked flawless all meeting, with some superb work from the gate and some impressive overtaking.
The home side took the meeting by the scruff of the neck in Heats 13, 14, and 15, registering two 5-1 maximums and a 4-2 heat advantage to really punish the Stars.
Stars boss Peter Schroeck said: “It was a tough one, and we hung in there but in the end we ran out of ammunition.
“I keep saying it, but we have to pick ourselves up and move on to the next one.
“Obviously we have a few things going on, and the injuries didn’t help either, and Peterborough are starting to dial into their home track and get used to what they need.
“If you came here and saw the racing, the score really doesn’t justify it.
“You will always get a couple of 5-1s against you on a track like this but it’s one of those things.
“We haven’t had a home match yet in the league and hopefully we’ll be able to turn it around by next week.”
Stars at Peterborough: Lambert 10+1, Riss R/R, Proctor 4, Heeps (guest) 5, Jorgensen 3, Palm-Toft 12+3, Andersen 2.
Lambert sets sights on top eight place
Robert Lambert admits he is pleased to be given another opportunity to showcase his skills on the world stage at the Slovenian Grand Prix tomorrow, writes Robin Allen.
The Norfolk racer is first reserve for the Speedway Grand Prix series and will again replace four-time World Champion Greg Hancock – who is continuing to support his wife who is receiving cancer treatment.
Lambert said: “It is going to be good. I did what I wanted to do in Warsaw, which was getting into the semi-finals so, now being in Krsko, I want to replicate that by getting to the semi-final and hopefully the final.
“I just missed out on the final in Warsaw but, yeah, I am happy with my first Grand Prix performance.
“It was awesome to do a victory lap. It was good to go round and look up to the stadium seeing all the fans.
“I think it was the biggest crowd that I have ever raced in front of. It was absolutely electric and they were all cheering, even though most were Poles.
“As long as I get to the semi-final at each meeting, then I know I have scored good points. If that continues, then the goal would be to get into the top eight.
“That just all depends on how many meetings I do, but you never know with circumstances. We’ll keep pushing and fighting for as many points as possible.”
Lambert secured his place in the World u21 Final after finishing second in the qualifier in Pardubice.
He said: “It is my last season in the World u21s. I have two bronze medals but I would like to try to get a gold medal, so this will be my goal for this season.
“It is going to be tough, though, because Bartosz Smektala is in there and he has been fast, having won the series last year.”