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King's Lynn Stars heat leader selects all-time speedway team

King’s Lynn Stars heat leader Erik Riss thinks riding style is just as important as achievements when choosing his all-time speedway dream team.

Riss, acting as floating rider/team manager, picked a family member; ex-Lynn favourites who tasted world title success; a current name familiar to Stars fans; and international stars among his one-to-seven.

1. Gerd Riss (born: March 17, 1965, Badwurzach, Germany).

Essex Arena Speedway, Thurrock. Essex. 15.03.05 Mark Loram. Photo by Barry Goodwin. (46170021)
Essex Arena Speedway, Thurrock. Essex. 15.03.05 Mark Loram. Photo by Barry Goodwin. (46170021)

Erik’s father was Long Track world title winner five times between 1991 and 2004, as well as being German Speedway Champion in 1986, 1992, 1994 and 1996.

2. Peter Schroeck (born: September 18, 1966, Aschaffenburg, Germany).

The current Lynn team boss appeared for numerous British clubs between 1983 and 1992, including Eastbourne, Wolverhampton, Wimbledon, Poole, Oxford and Swindon.

He has also competed for and managed Rye House Rockets.

3. Tony Rickardsson (born: August 17, 1970, Avesta, Sweden).

Unquestionably one of the greatest riders to turn out for Lynn and one of the best of all time, the sublime Swede grabbed six world titles in 15 attempts during his illustrious career.

4. Henrik Gustafsson (born: August 14, 1970, Sköllersta, Sweden).

‘Henka’ won the 1993 World Pairs Championship with compatriot Tony Rickardsson and the Speedway World Team Cup with Sweden in 1994 and 2000. He also starred for Lynn from 1990 to 1993.

5. Kelly Moran (born: September 21, 1960, Huntington Beach, California, USA–April 4, 2010).

Known as “Jelly Man” and “the Wizard of Balance”, the late American ace reached three World Finals and in both 1982 and 1990 won the Speedway World Team Cup.

6. Mark Loram (born: January 12, 1971, Imtarfa, Malta).

Another former Stars rider, Loram won the World Speedway Championship in 2000 and won the British Championship in 1997, 1999, and 2001.

7. Bartosz Zmarzlik (born: April 12, 1995, Szczecin, Poland).

The current World Champion, Zmarzlik became the youngest ever SGP winner at 19 years and 140 days old when he topped the 2014 Gorzow SGP podium.

As well as choosing modern-day star Zmarzlik, Poland’s first double World Champion, Riss explained his reasons for picking this dream team: “These are the older riders I used to like.

“I never really had one favourite. My dad liked to ride with Peter Schroeck.

“Tony Rickardsson is the best of all time in my opinion and is one of the best skill-wise.

“Mark Loram had a nice style on the bike, the same as Henka Gustafsson and Kelly Moran. I liked the way they rode.

“It’s more so their style, not really what they’ve won; but Rickardsson also was one of the most successful ever.”

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