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Enforced lay-off will work to King's Lynn's advantage, says co-promoter

Stars co-promoter Dale Allitt says speedway’s enforced league lay-off will work to King’s Lynn’s advantage.

It could be argued the Minors & Brady Stars took a big gamble during the winter by signing Lewis Bridger for Lynn’s 2021 Premiership campaign – a rider who has not spun a wheel in anger for nearly four years.

However, Allitt believes the fact that no-one has raced in any British leagues for the past 18 months due to Covid-19 will nullify any rustiness on the part of Lynn’s 31-year-old new recruit from Sussex.

Lewis Bridger (46427864)
Lewis Bridger (46427864)

Allitt commented: “Lewis Bridger in any normal situation, not having ridden since the end of 2017, you would obviously be a bit concerned.

“But the fact that no-one has ridden for 18 months, it’s completely levelled the playing field. You will see that Lewis will hit the ground running along with everyone else. It means the situation is completely different.

“It’s the same after a few practices. They will all be chomping at the bit. That is going to be a great leveller for him when he comes back and it will be hugely beneficial for us.”

Both Adrian Flux Arena skipper Lewis Kerr and Bridger had a run-out at Eastbourne Eagles’ Arlington Stadium on Saturday.

The pair know each other well from their Lakeside days, racing together in 2016, while this was Bridger’s first skid since emerging on the comeback trail.

Allitt backed Bexhill-based Bridger to succeed, adding of the former Great Britain international and World Cup racer: “I’ve always said that he’s got so much talent on the bike. His problems haven’t been on the bike but in his personal life.

“Many riders will have re-evaluated things much better and he’s in a far better place. He’s happy - with his personal life and he has got good people around him. You’ll see the difference.

“At his age there is no reason why he can’t achieve what he wants to achieve. Lewis has got all the talent for it.

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