SPEEDWAY: King’s Lynn team manager Peter Schroeck is delighted with the Stars line-up ahead of the new season.
Following a tough campaign on and off track in 2019, it is clear the Norfolk outfit are determined to show they have the strength in depth to challenge for silverware in the Premiership this term.
“I am relieved to have everything in place,” said Schroeck. “It has been a long winter with having to wait to see what was going on with the league. However, we’re fully prepared now and everything is in order.
“The glass isn’t half empty, it’s half full for us, though, we have to work on our away form. We all know that – from the fans, to the riders.
“All the boys are capable of doing a good job and, as far as I am concerned, we have a good home advantage, which is obviously very important, but then the away results will come as well.
“The boys all know what happened last year and they are all there to fix the problem.
“Hopefully, we can push on from there. Last term we had injuries all at the wrong time.
“There were two or three riders who couldn’t settle in because, when someone like Erik Riss gets injured, you always knew there would come a time where he would come back into the team.
“To make that happen, someone had to make way and for five or six weeks there were two or three riders who didn’t know if they had a future with the team.
“This season, we had to let Michael (Palm Toft) go, which wasn’t easy, but you can’t fit everyone in.
“I think we have got a nice balance in the team with lots of room for improvement.
“With Ty (Proctor) coming back, I am pleased he is at reserve. He is going to look after Michael Härtel quite nicely so there is no pressure on them. Ty can enjoy it, getting as many rides as possible, being one the best reserves in the league.”
• Thomas Jorgensen stepped up his preparations for the new season as he returned from injury at Scunthorpe on Sunday.
Dynamic Dane Jorgensen enjoyed a promising return to track action with numerous practice laps, leaving the 27-year-old reporting no ill effects after a long-standing shoulder injury curtailed his 2019 campaign.
Jorgensen is keen to make up for lost time in preparation for the new season – hoping to bounce back from a disastrous year last time around.
“It somewhat surprisingly felt really good out there,” he said. “I was obviously really worried about my shoulder, but I couldn’t feel any pain, which is a bonus.
“Obviously, I’ll be a bit sore tomorrow but I managed to put in loads of laps – I think I was out there around 10 times, which is awesome.
“Last year was a disaster for me. I had such big expectations and it all just went down the drain.
“I trained so hard but it just didn’t happen for me.
“I’ve trained hard again this winter, even if it didn’t feel like it when I got back on the bike today but it’s always the same first time out.
“Hopefully things turn out better this year and I’m glad to be back.”