Craig Cook admits he is pleased to have a fresh challenge in the Premiership with King’s Lynn.
The Great Britain international signed for the Poultec Stars in place of broken collarbone victim Erik Riss, having spent the last seven seasons with Belle Vue.
Cook said: “It is good to have a fresh challenge. Obviously, being axed from Belle Vue was a bit of a shock, especially finding out from a third party.
“It was a bit gutting for me, having done so much for the club, being let down in that way.
“But it is what it is. I am not going to lose any sleep about it now.
“Things happen for a reason and, hopefully, I have moved on to bigger and better things and I can prove the pundits wrong.
“It is great to be teaming up with Robert Lambert. I think more teams should be giving more British riders a chance. There should be more things done for riders to fit into teams and have more opportunities.
“It is great that Robert and I are in the team here together. We get on very well and, hopefully, that can inspire the team a little bit because a lot of speedway is won in the pits, which creates the atmosphere and how the team gel together.”
Cook revealed that he feels in a better place now, having struggled during the 2018 Grand Prix series.
He said: “For me it was extremely hard because we started off the year with new equipment, new engines and things.
“They just didn’t work. It was as simple as that.
“I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t comfortable. I was searching all season to try to find something that I liked.
“I feel in a good place now. We have narrowed things down. We’ve simplified things and I am fairly comfortable on my equipment at the minute and happy with my team.
“I feel that I can move forward now.
“I do feel that I am in a better place and I do feel that we’re moving forward.
“We are going in the right direction and that’s the main thing.”
Lambert has got his buzz back at Lynn
Simon Lambert says he is buzzing to be back with King’s Lynn.
The Boston-based racer had a roller-coaster week after being released by Championship outfit Newcastle, only to be signed up by the Poultec Stars in place of Kasper Andersen.
Lambert said: “I had a bit of a tumultuous week really, getting sacked from Newcastle and in at Lynn. It is a little bit more money and closer to home so, every cloud… as they say. Obviously, I was a bit disappointed not to be here at the start of the year.
“I had a ride here earlier in the year and only got two rides in that Supporters’ Cup meeting, but I got three valuable points and thoroughly enjoyed it.
“I can’t say that I have enjoyed many meetings this year so I am buzzing for it.
“I had a good meeting at Redcar and felt like a different rider. I have got no pressure on me now.
“Maybe getting the bullet from somewhere helps you up your game.
“I have got to take my opportunity and prove my worth. We move forward and, hopefully, we can do the business, scoring plenty of points.”
New signings impress in home victory
Team Great Britain rider Craig Cook had a dream debut for the King’s Lynn Stars as he topped the score chart in a 52-38 win against Wolverhampton at the Adrian Flux Arena on Monday, reports Chris Milsom.
Things seemed to finally click into place for Peter Schroeck’s side with the Poultec Stars’ 1-7 all making a good contributions.
Fellow new arrival Simon Lambert helped himself to 4+1 but that was not a fair reflection on how crucial his points were.
A rejuvenated Ty Proctor put behind his opening race tapes exclusion to claim 7+1 as the Aussie looked more like the rider Lynn fans saw last season.
The new Stars 1-2 of Robert Lambert and Michael Palm-Toft scored 8+1 and 8+2 respectively, while Lewis Kerr returned to the team after missing the bank holiday derby at Peterborough to score a well-earned 7+3.
Thomas Jorgensen had a rare off night, only scoring five points as the Dane suffered bike trouble in one of his races while in a point-scoring position.
Stars boss Schroeck said: “You couldn’t ask for a much better result to start our home league meetings.
“Wolverhampton are a winning team but we showed tonight that we’re coming good now.
“Winning our home meetings is going to be vital to how our season goes and we will keep soldiering on.
“I don’t want to get carried away with it because it’s a long old season but we’ve started off on the right foot.”
The Stars were back in action last night with a trip to Swindon Robins.
Stars v Wolves: R Lambert 8+1,
Palm-Toft 8+2, Proctor 7+1, Jorgensen 5, Cook 13+1, Kerr 7+3, S Lambert 4+1.