SPEEDWAY: Champagne corks will be popping for King’s Lynn Stars fans this morning after the revelation popular German racer Erik Riss has changed his mind and is heading back to the Adrian Flux Arena.
Riss left fans deflated by announcing he would be sitting out British racing this year but now the corks will be popping with news of his U-turn.
He is the final piece in the Minors & Brady Stars jigsaw for the new Premiership season, which starts in May.
“I think the club will be stoked to have me back,” said Riss. “I needed the reassurance that I was going to be able to ride this year, which is why I originally decided to go to
Sweden and Denmark.
“Since then things have been improving in the UK and it looks a lot more positive now.
“It looks like we’re going to get racing this year and I have always said that financially, and in terms of racing, it makes sense to ride in Britain.
“I hope everyone is happy with me coming back and that I didn’t upset too many people before but the Stars management are really happy.
“In the circumstances with riders like Robert (Lambert) not riding in the UK, the promotion has done a good job in putting together a competitive team.
“Before every season it’s the management and the team’s goal to win the league. It doesn’t matter where you ride, I don’t think any club goes into a season just hoping they don’t finish last.”
Jubilant Stars team manager Peter Schroeck said: “We’re very pleased to have Erik back.
“With him being a club asset he’s very important to us and I believe he is a future number one for the Stars. He will come to realise how good he is in the fullness of time.
“I had small connections with Erik because I rode with his dad but when I first arrived at Lynn we became quite close because I know what it’s like being in a foreign country.
“It can be reassuring to have someone who speaks your language. I get on really well with him and he knows he can talk to me about anything to do with speedway or life.”