Michael Palm Toft says teams are struggling to dial in to the new-look track at Swindon.Pictures: IAN BURT.

Michael Palm Toft admits he is disappointed that King’s Lynn have struggled away from home in 2019.

It is remarkable to think the Poultec Stars have picked up only three away points this term, compared to the previous year when they secured 20 points on the road on their way to top spot in the Premiership.

However, it has not been for the lack of trying with several meetings being nip and tuck until the closing stages, including the last away fixture at Swindon. 

Palm Toft said: “We went into the Swindon meeting at the Abbey hoping it would be third time lucky and we were so close to getting a point. 

“The first time we went to Swindon this year, I just thought I would use the same set-up I had used in previous years and it just didn’t work.

“The track rides differently because it is prepared differently. 

“It isn’t really the shape of the track, it is about the way they prepare it now.

“It isn’t ripped up as you go out the corners and you have got to set the bike up differently, which has caught people out.

“The Swindon riders have definitely got dialled into the new track quite quickly but they obviously know that they are going to prepare it differently.

“As an away rider you go there and you expect it to be a certain way, thinking you can use the same set-up as before but you shouldn’t think like that. 

“It is just about working it all out. They have definitely hit the ground running at the Abbey, which is good for them because some people thought they would struggle at home, but it is certainly not the case, as you can see.”

Palm Toft hopes that King’s Lynn can have an upturn in their fortunes just like his Championship club Redcar with impressive victories on the road in recent weeks.

He said: “The Bears have been good on the road lately with wins at Sheffield and Birmingham. 

“We even came close at Glasgow too but it didn’t really matter because it was an aggregate meeting.”


Cook aims to beat injury to make British final

A trio of riders will be representing King’s Lynn in Monday’s British Final at Belle Vue.

Robert Lambert defends his title, Craig Cook is looking to win it for a second time and they are joined by Lewis Kerr.

Craig Cook wants to go up a gear to win the British title again.

Cook said: “Of course I’d like to get that British Championship back. 

“It was arguably my proudest achievement to date in my career.

“I do feel like I’ve got more in the tank, another couple of gears I can go up. There’s a lot more to come from me. 

“The Grand Prix is my aim for 2020, the Challenge is coming up and that’s also a massive meeting for me.

“We keep learning every day and hopefully that will help me succeed.”

The meeting is live on BT Sport.

Cook will need to go through the pain barrier to impress in Manchester after breaking a bone in his wrist in last weekend’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of nations Finals in Russia.

The Great Britain captain visited hospital on his return to the UK for checks, where a break to his capitate – the largest of the wrist bones – was confirmed.

Cook sustained the injury when he collided with GB and Stars teammate Robert Lambert in heat four of Final 1, battling through the pain to six points on Saturday, before managing four on day two on Sunday. Lambert sustained whiplash injuries to his neck and was ruled out of Sunday’s meeting.

Cook said: “Unfortunately I have fractured the capitate in my left wrist. I still have okay strength and movement so I will be strapped up and ready to go.”

Lambert is due to have physio to free up his stiff neck and was expected to ride for the Stars last night at home to Peterborough Panthers.

Co-promoter Dale Allitt said: “The boys have taken knocks but we have a determined bunch here at King’s Lynn and Peter (Schroeck) will have them fired up.”

Russian hero Emil Sayfutdinov was revelling in the amazing feeling of leading his country to a second straight Speedway of Nations title on home shale in Togliatti.

Sayfutdinov, Artem Laguta and u21 star Gleb Chugunov retained the trophy they won in Wroclaw last summer, beating Poland 5-1 in the Grand Final.

Their 2018 gold medal was the nation’s first senior world title and their second came in the first speedway world final ever staged in Russia. 

An elated Sayfutdinov said: “It’s great. It’s an amazing feeling because it was such a tough meeting. But we did it.”

FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship leader Sayfutdinov scored 17 points on Saturday and 14 on Sunday, with Russia beating Australia in the final qualifier.

Great Britain finished in seventh place.

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