King’s Lynn Stars rider Kasper Andersen: No point to prove, but wants to repay fans’ faith
Returning King’s Lynn Stars reserve rider Kasper Andersen says he has no point to prove, but stressed he wants to repay the fans’ faith in him, writes Peter Woodhouse.
Lynn was his first British club four years ago and a then-teenage Andersen was not ready for the transition, he admitted to the Lynn News.
The 22-year-old Dane said: “I was really young when I came over and was a bit immature on the bike.
“I didn’t really think clearly.
“To be honest, I didn’t think I was ready for the big league but when you’re young you’re wild.
“You take every chance you get and I don’t think I have a point to prove.
“I have to prove to the supporters that they were not wrong in backing me up back then, when I wasn’t scoring; and I have to prove to them they can count on me for the future.”
He has the luxury of riding a variety of tracks between now and the end of the campaign, given that Lynn are bottom of the Premiership table and have no chance of reaching the end-of-season play-offs, in order to put himself in the shop window and bed in for a possible crack at the Premiership in 2022.
Andersen reflected: “We only have one goal when it comes to King’s Lynn at the moment because we know the play-offs are more or less out of reach.
“But we’re aiming to try and build a base for next season, and hopefully I can be a part of that.
“That’s what I’m aiming for: just to stay consistent, keep scoring points, keep building my momentum and then hopefully I’ll be here next year.”
After his brief spell at the Adrian Flux Arena he moved to other clubs including, ironically, the Sheffield Tigers who are due to visit the Minors and Brady Stars tonight (Thursday).
Andersen added: “I was riding Sheffield back in 2019.
“It’s good to get back to the Premiership tracks because, as we all know, I’ve been away since 2019 so it’s nice to come back and feel all the tracks again, and make an impact because I know what I can do.
“I know I’ve grown, not only mentally but also on the bike so, yes, I’m just looking forward to trying all the tracks again, and to having great meetings.”
He added of last week’s home return against Peterborough: “I really enjoyed it, the track was great and the team spirit just keeps building.
“We’ve shown against one of the strongest teams in the league, we can give them a run for their money.
“If we hadn’t had the bad luck we had we would have come away with a win.”
He was one of the recipients of that bad luck.
He explained: “In my last heat when I dropped the clutch, the chain just dropped off.
“If that hadn’t have happened I would have got one or two more points – it was just bad luck, really.
“We’ll bounce back in the next one.”
Lynn’s representatives, local skipper Lewis Kerr (nine points), last year’s runner-up Richard Lawson (five) and Ben Barker (three) all failed to reach the semi-final stages of Monday’s British final at Belle Vue.