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King’s Lynn Stars host Ipswich Witches with Dersingham speedway rider Lewis Kerr looking for more home comforts

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King’s Lynn Stars entertain Ipswich Witches in a derby on Monday – and local speedway rider Lewis Kerr is looking for more home comforts.

A serious of circumstances, including injury and family crisis, have curtailed the Dersingham rider’s home appearances at the Adrian Flux Arena during the past month.

Kerr missed last month’s Premiership Cup clash with Poole Pirates, which hosts Lynn lost 41-49, due to his daughter being rushed to hospital.

Lewis Kerr warming up one of his bikes.. (8643503)
Lewis Kerr warming up one of his bikes.. (8643503)

The ex-Snettisham resident also missed the following week’s bank holiday 54-36 loss at Peterborough Panthers due to a crash.

He returned to face visitors Wolverhampton on Monday last week and scored 7+3 in his new reserve berth during a 52-38 win.

But Kerr missed a 50-40 defeat at Swindon in Wiltshire last Thursday night due to complications, though he is back for the clash with the Witches, after last night’s scheduled trip to Poole was postponed.

A smiling Lewis Kerr heads out on the parade lap.. (8643539)
A smiling Lewis Kerr heads out on the parade lap.. (8643539)

A recent crash riding for his other side Eastbourne caused the 29-year-old’s injury absences, with Kerr ‘Tweeting’ that he couldn’t even hold a knife or fork.

He told the Lynn News: “I haven’t been able to pick my kids up. I had a big crash at Eastbourne a couple of weeks ago.

“I’ve got nerve damage in my neck, which is going down my shoulder; a couple of broken ribs; and bruising on my liver.

“I’m okay to ride but afterwards I’m in agony. It’s very painful in certain positions which puts you on the floor – it’s that bad.

Lewis Kerr charging hard.. (11708438)
Lewis Kerr charging hard.. (11708438)

“I woke up (last) Wednesday and I couldn’t move my shoulder. I said to (Lynn boss) Peter Schroeck it wasn’t worth risking it (at Swindon) for the team.

“I had lots of physio on it on Thursday and Friday.

“I managed to do Eastbourne on Saturday night and then physio again on Wednesday. I feel fine.

“When you’re actually in a race with the adrenalin you don’t notice it. After races it kicks in straight away.”

Lewis Kerr with his son Cooper.. (8141343)
Lewis Kerr with his son Cooper.. (8141343)

He is now seeking a consistent spell, especially at home – and on Monday versus his former club Ipswich.

Kerr added: “I’m looking forward to getting a run of meetings, at King’s Lynn especially.

“It’s a local derby so we want to continue our form from our last home meeting.

“That last (Wolves) meeting it felt better. It felt like a different ride around King’s Lynn.

“I got paid 10 and I went back to an engine from last year.”

Interest is high in Monday’s clash with Ipswich at the Adrian Flux Arena with a bumper crowd expected. The parade will be at 7.30pm with the first heat following soon after.

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