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Former World Longtrack champion pleased to be back with Poultec Stars

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Erik Riss hopes King’s Lynn can use the grippy track at the Adrian Flux Arena to their advantage when they face Poole in the Premiership Shield first leg on Monday (7.30), writes Robin Allen.

The former World Longtrack champion showed a real liking for the West Norfolk circuit last term and he is pleased to be back with the Poultec Stars.

Riss said: “I came to King’s Lynn midway through last season and I did really well.

Erik Riss on one wheel.. (8141269)
Erik Riss on one wheel.. (8141269)

“I adapted to the track really quick. I put in some good scores at home, and I got better and better especially at the end. I found a setup for the track and it was quite easy to score points and that was one of the main reasons I wanted to come back.

“King’s Lynn is a good home track; it’s kind of like a specialist track because it is so grippy, you won’t find any other track like that in the Premiership. When some away riders come here they seem to struggle a bit but it’s good for us riding on this track every week because we’re used to it.”

And it seems that the 23-year-old German is looking forward to reigniting his partnership with British champion Robert Lambert.

He added: “I look forward to riding with Robert, we got on straight away last year and I think the thing is that we’re both really humble, we don’t talk much but we understand each other on track.

“Even though we don’t speak before the races, we just know what we have got to do and I think that is why we had so many good results.”

n Stars wonderboy Robert Lambert is urging the people of Norfolk to turn out in force and enjoy live speedway.

Lambert has revealed how he fell in love with the sport from an early age, both live at the track and watching on TV.

He said: “Speedway is a fantastic sport and we need to see more youngsters coming along and enjoying it.

“I loved the sport the first time I saw it and here at King’s Lynn we have some of the fastest racing in the world.

“It’s a great night out and the club work hard with incentives to bring the children, we need to see more of a younger audience.

“The fact that every race is over in a minute means the meeting is great to watch and if there’s a race won from the start you know the next race isn’t far away.

“I love King’s Lynn, I’ve had some great times around there and I’m looking forward to being back on Monday against Poole. It’s going to be a big night and I can’t wait.”

Photo: Ian Burt. MLNF-19IB03114

Fixtures tonight (Friday, April 5 – all 7.30pm unless stated): Scunthorpe v Leicester (CS), Redcar v Sheffield (CS).

Tomorrow: Berwick v Newcastle (CS, 7pm), Leicester v Scunthorpe (CS), Eastbourne v Birmingham (CS, 8pm).

Sunday: Newcastle v Berwick (CS, 6.30pm), Sheffield v Redcar (CS).

Monday: Wolverhampton v Peterborough (PSC), King’s Lynn v Poole (PS).

Wednesday: Somerset v Birmingham (CS).

PS= Premiership Shield. PSC= Prem Supporters’ Cup. CS= Championship Shield.

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