King’s Lynn Speedway are ready for the 2016 Elite League season after making a triple signing this week including exciting German rider, Kai Huckenbeck.
The 23-year-old Huckenbeck, who is set for a big future in the sport, will join some of the famous names who have represented the club in the past.
Supporters may remember his name from the Speedway Best Pairs meeting held in Gustrow last year where he surprised many with his speed, riding style and determination to score points. Born in Werlte, Huckenbeck is a former German U21 Champion and two-time winner of the German national title.
Huckenbeck made the trip from Germany to the Adrian Flux Arena last week and practiced with Stars rider Robert Lambert for two days. Lynn’s management liked what they saw from the rising star and wasted little time in offering him a place in the team.
Stars chief Buster Chapman said on the signing: “We have to look towards the future and by bringing in Kai as an asset we are doing that. At 23-years-old he has a bright future and he can go very far in the sport.
“He came down to the track, had a practice with Robert Lambert and we were all impressed with what we witnessed. He looks good on the bike and it didn’t take him long to work the track out. We are delighted to bring him to King’s Lynn and to the Elite League.
“I hope our supporters will take to Kai quickly, and get behind him. He is set up for racing in the UK with first class equipment and a team in the pits. From what we have seen we are confident he can improve on his starting average and be a great team member.”
The Elite League is moving towards having more of a squad system and King’s Lynn are taking advantage of that having an extra tier two rider for this season.
Simon Lambert, who previously accepted a deal to fill one of the reserve positions, only to be ruled out due to circumstances with his place in the Premier League, will take on that role.
The news, broke earlier yesterday, that Danish superstar Niels-Kristian Iversen has come to the aid of the Norfolk side, has pleased many fans. He will spearhead the team in place of Troy Batchelor, who is unable to take his place due to injury.
The Aussie racer suffered a broken arm towards the end of last year, and although his recovery is going well, the timeframe for a full recovery will be later than first thought. Batchelor has been told it will be towards the latter part of April before he can take his place in the Stars team.
Iversen has won the hearts of many Lynn fans during his time at the Adrian Flux Arena. Although he opted out of British league racing for this year, the Dane always maintained that he would help the Stars if required.
Once Batchelor’s extended spell on the sidelines was confirmed, Lynn’s management soon agreed a return for Iversen to ride in the opening stages of the season.
Chapman said: “This morning was a complete shock to us, we had planned to announce Niels this evening along with the excellent news that Kai is joining us. Unfortunately that didn’t go to plan and we were caught on the back foot. Sometimes we are over cautious with the way we release news, but we want to make sure that everything is signed off doing so.
“Having said that, being able to bring Niels in as cover is a massive boost for us. He always said he would be there if called upon and he was true to his word.
“He is the ultimate professional and we are delighted that he will start the season for us. We want the team to get off to a great start and when Troy is fit we can continue that on and have a great season.”