King's Lynn Stars rider gives insight into machinery during Covid-19
When a speedway bike has been mothballed for two months due to Covid-19, does it harm the machine?
Well, Minors & Brady King’s Lynn Stars rider Thomas Jorgensen provides the answer.
Coronavirus lockdown has meant bikes have gathered dust for the past two months but when the cobwebs are blown off some time later in the summer and the sport gains the all-clear, are the no-brakes, no-gears machines ready to go?
Yes, says the Denmark racer.
Jorgensen said: “They’re sitting with oil in. There is no harm in those few months while just sitting in the workshop.
“All my bikes are at my mechanic’s place at the moment. He’s got a nice warm garage.
“It doesn’t really harm them at all and you don’t need to do anything as long as they’ve got oil in, then that’s fine to keep them all lubricated.”
As both he and girlfriend Samantha are self-employed, the Boston-based couple found themselves temporarily without a way of bringing money into their Lincolnshire home.
The 27 year-old has been seeking work, as previously revealed in the Lynn News, but said: “No, I haven’t got a job. I’ve sort of left it at that and am waiting for people to get back to me.
“The virus has hit its peak and hopefully we’ll get back at the end of June, but in Denmark I think they’ve been riding for two or three weeks now, only in practice with very few people at a time. I’m not really thinking about that at the moment.
“I’m just trying to keep myself busy and get a few jobs done here and there, and jobs that we’ve put aside. That has kept us very busy, to be fair. It’s been surprising.
“We’ve got a lot to do so we’ve done that to kill some time; and also I’ve been keeping myself fit and healthy.”
The Aalborg-born racer added on the eventual comeback: “It’s going to be a bit of a problem for the clubs and promoters because obviously they rely on crowds and people coming in to pay the wages, especially for some of the smaller clubs around, so hopefully they have got a ‘plan B’ somewhere.
“I don’t know if sponsors will step in and help, hopefully. They’re probably struggling themselves so it’s a vicious circle, really.
“You just have to wait and see what the government comes up with and what rules we have to follow from them regarding the distance and how many people can be in one place at a time. It’s hard to say.”