GERMAN racer Erik Riss says he is pleased with how he has settled back into life at King’s Lynn after top-scoring against Ipswich on Monday.
Since returning to the Poultec Stars’ line-up at the beginning of July, the fans’ favourite has completed four home meetings, scoring double figures twice.
Riss said: “I am feeling settled back at Lynn. In my first meeting I had a crash but my second one was really good and then I struggled a bit against Peterborough.
“It was really warm and because of that I had to adjust my bike set-up and it took me a bit to do that. Overall I am happy to be back scoring points again.
“The conditions were out of the ordinary against Peterborough, it has never been that hot here. It usually gets quite warm but then it cools down in the evening, which is good conditions for the engines and that night even at 9 o’clock it was still 30 degrees.
“It was really hard for the engines. When it is that hot, the engines lose a bit of power and you have to change your set-up.
“I usually like Lynn because it is that grippy and that is how I like it.
“That day it was mega grippy and it was dry. And I think because of the warm air the material dried out so quickly.
“Here at Lynn it’s really different compared to Europe.
“I don’t think you would find any other track in the world that is like Lynn in terms of grip. I don’t think there is and I think all riders would agree with that. Once you get used to it, though, you’ll be fine.”
One thing that is interesting about Riss is he is always looking to better himself. “I said at the start of the year that I wanted to improve my away form and I think I have improved a bit.
“I still had a few meetings away from home where I was struggling and obviously I am not happy about it but overall I think I have improved on my away form, compared to last year.”
Home form is key to Stars’ play-off push
King’s Lynn look to maintain their unbeaten home run when they welcome Wolverhampton to the Adrian Flux Arena on Thursday (7.30pm).
The Poultec Stars have turned the Norfolk circuit into a fortress in 2019, having dropped points on only one occasion, when local rivals Ipswich managed to secure a last-gasp draw in June.
Since then, they have proven to be a force to be reckoned with on Norfolk shale with a run of five consecutive wins as they look to secure a
The Stars management are hoping that having a week between meetings will give captain Robert Lambert more chance to recover after missing the home win over the Witches through injury.
Wolverhampton are looking to secure an away win after struggling on the road. With the play-off race starting to get tense, the clash of the Stars and Wolves is a must-win for both teams.
The Black Country outfit have new Swedish champion Jacob Thorssell in their side, alongside Sam Masters and former Stars’ captain Rory Schlein. Recent signing Ryan Douglas is set to make his first appearance in Norfolk.
Witches are grounded as Kerr steps up
The absence of captain Robert Lambert failed to knock King’s Lynn Stars as they romped to a 57-33 win over Ipswich Witches on Monday, reports Chris Milsom.
The Poultec Stars sent a clear message to the rest of the league in the Norfolk versus Suffolk derby in front of a packed crowd at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Lynn dominated the meeting from start to finish, led by stand-in captain Lewis Kerr, who helped himself to 10+2.
The Stars took the meeting to the Witches from the word go, with back-to-back 5-1 heat advantages in the opening two heats setting them on their way. By the first block of four races, Lynn held a 10-point lead.
The Witches had to wait until Heat 9 for a respite when Danny King came in as a tactical substitute to secure their first heat advantage of the meeting alongside Richard Lawson.
Michael Palm-Toft had his best meeting of the season, scoring 12+2, and was backed up by flying German Erik Riss, who top-scored with 14 points.
It was a night where all the riders pulled together and showed their strength in depth. That was echoed by team manager Peter Schroeck, who said: “It was an eventful night but we have to be pleased with the result. We know what a tough side Ipswich are and we know all about the rivalry. They’ve been here this season and done well before. To win the meeting running rider replacement did put the shivers up a few people and many thought it was going to be a disaster. But it was all well thought out and I had total belief in the boys.
“The fans support was brilliant and it meant a lot to the boys.”
Stars v Ipswich: Lambert R/R, Palm Toft 12+2, Riss 14, Jorgensen 9+2, Cook 9+2, Kerr 10+2, Porsing 3+1.