Reports have come in that Niels-Kristian Iversen is sensationally returning to the King’s Lynn Stars.
Speedway Star magazine today (Thursday 25) was reporting that the 33-year-old Danish Grand Prix ace is back with the Stars as a temporary replacement for the injured Troy Batchelor.
Former world number three Iversen, whose career blossomed after arriving at the Adrian Flux Arena in 2011, originally quit UK speedway for 2016 due to his increasingly busy schedule.
But the condition of Aussie Batchelor, who underwent successful surgery on a broken upper arm during the winter after being involved in a motocross crash, has left the door open for a return by Iversen.
The Esbjerg-bornrider expects to be in the Stars line-up until the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series begins with the Slovenian SGP on Saturday, April 30, by which time it is hoped Batchelor will be fit.
He did not want to leave the Stars in the lurch.
He told Speedway Star: “I sort of said before if there were things that weren’t working out, I could help them. If anyone got injured then I would do it, but there’s a big difference between that and committing to the whole season. That’s what I couldn’t do.
“I’ll step in while Troy is out and try to help the team and hopefully we can do some good things.That’s the plan – to do March and April.
“Rob (team boss Lyon) mentioned it quite a while ago. He said that he was worried Troy wouldn’t be ready and as soon as he did, I said of course I would do it. I was aware that Troy was injured.
“(Rob) couldn’t say too much at the time because no-one knows how it is when someone is injured.”
Whether the arrangement can go beyond a temporary one at the Saddlebow Road stadium, Iversencommented: “We’ll see what’s happening later on in the season to see if I want to do something more.”
The Stars were the first British team to noticed Iversen’s potential and had signed him for a brief spell in the 2001 season when he was 20 years old.
* Bjarne Pedersen has confirmed his appearance in the Ben Fund Bonanza at Lynn on March 12, even though he will not now be racing for Lakeside this season.
“Don’t worry, I’ll be there,” he said as he took the time to telephone organiser Paul Ackroyd, who was pleased with the commitment of the former Grand Prix star.
“He’s such a nice guy, that was really good of him, he was concerned that I might think he would pull out after leaving Lakeside,” Ackroyd said, and there’s no doubt that the riders have really rallied round the cause this year.
The same goes for the B.S.P.A. who have donated the first prize in the raffle which will take place on the day, that being tickets for two to every one of the major events this year – these include Premier League Riders, Championship Pairs and Fours plus the Elite League Riders Championship.
The kids will be catered for on the big day with two special attractions. “The Speedway Nut” will be doing tattoos for the kids with the first 50 in the gates getting theirs free, and Twistopher, a balloon specialist who is a long-term Speedway supporter from a Speedway family, will be showing off his skills.
* King’s Lynn Stars will face Coventry for the first time this season on Wednesday, April 6, instead of the originally-scheduled April 7.
The move of date for the Elite League side means that the Young Stars’ home opening National League fixture against Stoke has been moved to Tuesday, April 5, 7:30pm start.