King’s Lynn Stars boss believes entertainment is the name of the game in 2024
Rob Lyon admits that entertainment is the name of the game as he looks to put smiles back on the faces of fans at the Adrian Flux Arena next season.
The Lynn Stars boss wants to bring the feel-good factor back to the club after several years in the doldrums - but acknowledges it's about the whole package rather than just having a winning machine out on the track.
Lyon said: "Entertainment is the name of the game, along with being successful on track where possible.
"That in itself will generate a better atmosphere on race nights, which on previous visits with Peterborough and as a neutral going to watch over the last few years it hasn’t always felt like a great experience, certainly not to what I remember a few years ago.
"We need to ramp up the whole show on race nights and that is definitely the plan to involve crowd interaction as well and hopefully the riders will thrive on the back of that."
The Stars have assembled a completely new-look team for next season and Lyon feels several factors, including staying injury-free, will determine how they progress.
"Anyone who is involved in the sport, whether directly or indirectly, are fully aware that injuries can make or break someone’s season, that goes without saying," he said.
"But team spirit is essential to achieve positive results in addition to track preparation being as consistent as it can be and just as the team would like it to be.
"It's also about working around the unpredictability of the UK weather as there is nothing worse than home riders trying to adapt to different conditions each week.
"If we can achieve that as a team and, by that I mean not only the riders but the riders’ mechanics and the track guys as well, then consistency in performance should be evident with the type of riders we have at our disposal in 2024."
Lyon is no stranger to success having guided the Peterborough Panthers to the Premiership crown back in 2021.
But Lynn's chief - hungry for more glory on the track - believes that success isn't all about winning the title.
"In terms of success you sometimes have to measure that in different ways.
"Success to some is not relevant to others but the intention is to offer the KIng's Lynn fans and sponsors associated with the club a team which will provide value for money, entertain the public and focus on winning speedway matches.
"Being back at King’s Lynn where it all started for me, It will be strange initially but I am sure it will become familiar as soon as the season gets into full swing."
Looking at the rest of the line-ups in the Premiership, Lyon feels speedway fans are in for a real treat.
"In terms of other sides in the Premiership, I think it's fair to say that everyone following speedway in 2024 should be in for some terrific meetings.
"The other sides being put together are very competitive, as is ours, which only bodes well for the league in general and most importantly speedway itself as a whole."