King’s Lynn Young Stars speedway team will miss key heat leader Josh Bailey for tomorrow’s National League season opener.
Young Stars manager Scott Campos was already trying to arrange a replacement for number one Kyle Hughes after the rider had withdrawn from the club.
Lynn begin their campaign away at Cradley, but Campos admits there are not a lot of options available to the club after 27-year-old Hughes had to pull out recently due to the injuries he accrued last year with Eastbourne and Mildenhall.
Lynn received another blow with the news that 19-year-old Bailey, who suffered a broken collarbone last season and recently had the metalwork out of his shoulder following an operation late last year, is not quite ready to return.
Co-promoter Dale Allitt said of Norfolk-born teenager Bailey, who is completing his recovery: “He just needs a bit more time. He has only had the plate out ten days ago.”
Allitt reassured that Bailey is due to fit for the start of the King’s Lynn Stars’ season at home to Somerset next week.
Campos added: “There are a couple of irons in the fire for Kyle but they long shots at the moment.
“We do have a bit of a back-up plan but it’s sort of a last resort. There is not really anybody out there, unfortunately.
“We are still actively looking. There is a six-point rider about, but he has got commitments outside speedway.”
Campos, who has not ruled out a racing return for himself, admitted Lynn are at an early disadvantage with their injury absence: “You have to do the best you can in the meantime. We still have an eight-point gap in our team.
“We will give it a shot and give it our best.”
The National League outfit last week got together at their Press and Practice day and have been boosted by the news that three more sponsors have agreed to come back on board in 2017.
Rock Oil, Morello Racing and Danger UK will all support the Young Stars once again and club bosses are delighted with the news.
Allitt said: “This is absolutely fantastic from a Young Stars point of view.
“Every little piece of backing and support we get, especially for the boys in the National League is so, so important and we’re really grateful to them all. These three companies join Tile Giant and we thank all of them for the generosity once again.”
lThe SGB Premiership Stars will hold their Press and Practice event tomorrow at the Adrian Flux Arena, with a start time of 6.30pm.
The Stars riders will be available for photographs.
Meanwhile, the Stars have been drawn in Group B along with Rye House, Poole and Leicester for the SGB Premiership Pairs at Somerset on Friday. Chris Holder and Robert Lambert will represent Lynn.
Lynn No.1 Chris Holder rode on behalf of Poole teammate and ex-Lynn rider Darcy Ward during The Darcy Ward Invitational at Wimborne Road. However this was abandoned after eight heats due to an unfit track.