Lynn team boss determined to land honours in 2019
King’s Lynn Stars co-promoter Dale Allitt says the “fire burns as strong as ever” in his determination to land major honours for the speedway club.
Allitt has performed the team manager role for the past few seasons and, as he’d revealed to the Lynn News, it looks like he will continue to do that in 2019 for the Adrian Flux Arena outfit.
The Poultec Stars boss said of his motivation after Lynn went close to an SGB Premiership league and cup double last term: “The fire burns as strong now as it ever does. We’ll be fighting.”
Since Polish clubs, for example, tend to snap up their riders as soon as the previous season ends – or tie them to longer-term deals – Allitt conceded team planning is an all-year-round prospect.
Allitt said: “Modern speedway is 24/7, you know, now. You already start thinking about teams for next year probably around August to September, ironically. It’s an ongoing process.”
He revealed about the 2019 one-to-seven, four of whom have been unveiled so far: “The first rider was actually signed at the end of season party.”
Allitt said the Stars prefer to drip-feed their information in order to build anticipation: “Clubs choose to reveal riders differently.
“We’ve chosen this approach rather than announce everything all at once. Some people like it; some don’t.
“It’s something we did last year and hopefully it will be worth waiting for, and I hope people will be pleased with what we’ve got. It’s different approaches.
“You can announce a team before Christmas, but what do you talk about for the next three or four months, bearing in mind we’re not going to get racing until early April?
“That’s a lot of time to cover and we’ve chosen to do it this way with some news going out every week regarding one thing or another.”
He said the role of number one Robert Lambert will be vital: “Having that power but not being compromised in other places, perhaps.
“We try and work on a similar ethic to what we had last year.”
Allitt praised the mental strength of his troops, using returning rider Ty Proctor as an example: “In the play-off second leg in Heat 3, Ty fell and broke his band, but it shows the tremendous mental strength of Ty.
“In the KO Cup final, the tide turned in Heat 12 at Somerset who scored a 5-1 against us. We didn’t realise how battered mentally and physically we were.”