Revolution deal is good turn for King’s Lynn Stars rider Kerr

King's Lynn 'Roger Warnes Transport' Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Lewis Kerr ANL-140316-191904002
King's Lynn 'Roger Warnes Transport' Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Lewis Kerr ANL-140316-191904002

Local speedway hero Lewis Kerr is celebrating signing another deal with his professional team.

The King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars reserve rider, who is battling back from a serious injury, is again linking up with Revolution Speedway pro race team.

He tweeted: “Awesome meeting with @ProRaceTeam today, 2 year contract signed! Even more excited for 2016 season now!”

The Revolution team supplies all the necessary equipment for the Heacham ace, who first joined them last season.

Kerr – who has risen from the ranks with the club, beginning with the King’s Lynn Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars after switching from motocross – was fighting for his life when he sustained a head injury in August at Peterborough riding in the Premier League Fours for Newcastle Diamonds.

The Snettisham-born Fast Track rider was placed in an induced coma at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and went home after ten days – a near-miracle under the circumstances.

Kerr’s absence was keenly felt by Lynn’s Elite League side last term and he has signalled his intent to return in 2016, undergoing rehabilitation during the autumn including cycling and other fitness work.

He added about the deal with Coventry-based Revolution: “It’s security for me.

“The Revolution owner, Rob Painter, is also my full-time mechanic. I haven’t got to worry about getting equipment or anything else.

“I’m not changing or washing bikes when I have days off so I am training instead. They provide everything and it’s top spec stuff.”

Kerr was originally signed by Revolution on a year-on-year contract so is thrilled to be now on a two-year agreement.

The 25-year-old added: “They came to me with the deal and I couldn’t turn it down.

“Rob has worked with a lot of people over the years, including (former Lynn world champions) Jason Crump and Nicki Pedersen.

“It was very good for me and I couldn’t see myself going with anyone else.”

Kerr originally contacted Revolution about equipment and the relationship went on from there.

Kerr is in favour of what speedway bosses have done for the first part of their annual meeting. Club promoters are ready to give more opportunities to British youngsters in the 2016 season after meeting in Warwickshire.

The Fast Track Draft system has been retained – all Tier 1 riders (like Kerr) will start on a converted PL average and start at reserve but gain an Elite average after four meetings with the ability to move into the main body of the team.

“I could have opted out of the Draft but after injury I feel it is best for me stay in,” Kerr added of the bid to boost home-grown talent.

The AGM will conclude on November 3.

Elite League line-up for 2016: Belle Vue, Coventry, Lynn, Lakeside, Leicester, Poole, Swindon, Wolverhampton. Points limit: 40.5 (seven riders).

l Stars number one rider Niels-Kristian Iversen completed his 2015 Speedway Grand Prix season with second place at the Australian Grand Prix at the weekend.

The 33-year-old Dane finishes fourth overall in the series.