German race ace delighted with response of King's Lynn fans
Heat leader Erik Riss is pleased at King’s Lynn Stars speedway fans’ “positive” reaction to his return.
The 25-year-old German is unsure exactly when he will travel to the UK once Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed and now that he has had second thoughts over racing on these shores in 2021.
Riss, a two-times World Long Track champion, told the Lynn News: “The reaction of me coming back has been quite positive.
“I didn’t know what to expect because of when I said I wasn’t going to ride in the UK this year. I didn’t know how people would react.
“I’m pleased to see the team looks good. There are a few guys I rode with in 2019 and it looks exciting.”
The Adrian Flux Arena ace also echoed what his Minors and Brady Stars team boss says about coronavirus vaccination in his native land.
Manager Peter Schroeck, who also hails from Germany, had revealed to the Lynn News his 78-year-old father has only just received his first jab; whereas those age groups in Britain were usually vaccinated at the beginning of the year.
Riss, who remains at his parents’ Memmingen home at present, commented: “Things are going pretty slow over here. People my age and my parents’ age have not got the vaccination yet: they’re doing the over-60s and 70s.
“I’m not bad but things are still pretty bad with the pandemic.”
As well as with Lynn in the Premiership, Riss has signed for Championship outfit Birmingham.
The Stars’ 2019 Rider of the Year and Entertainer of the Year added: “I’m glad that there’s a second team sorted but I’m still not 100 per cent sure we’re going to ride at these times.
“Rather than be optimistic I try not to get too sure or confident of when exactly we ride.”
Last year Riss got married to his girlfriend Maddie who was forced to go back home to Australia during the current pandemic, and the pair were briefly reunited Down Under for the wedding.
“The only issue we have is my wife can’t come over because she has got a full-time job over there,” he added.