King's Lynn's dynamic Dane steps up race preparations
King’s Lynn racer Thomas Jorgensen stepped up his preparations for the new season as he returned from injury at Scunthorpe on Sunday.
Dynamic Dane Jorgensen enjoyed a promising return to track action with numerous practice laps leaving the 27-year-old reporting no ill effects after a long-standing shoulder injury curtailed his 2019 campaign.
Jorgensen is keen to make up for lost time in preparation for the new season – hoping to bounce back from a ‘disastrous’ year last time around.
“It somewhat surprisingly felt really good out there, I was obviously really worried about my shoulder but I couldn’t feel any pain which is a bonus,” said Jorgensen.
“Obviously I’ll be a bit sore tomorrow but I managed to put in loads of laps – I think I was out there around 10 times which is awesome.
“Last year was a disaster for me, I had such big expectations and it all just went down the drain. I trained so hard but it just didn’t happen for me.
“I’ve trained hard again this winter, even if it didn’t feel like it when I got back on the bike today but it’s always the same first time out.
“Hopefully things turn out better this year and I’m glad to be back.”
Meanwhile, British Speedway’s Premiership teams will have a transfer window to work to next season.
Club bosses have voted in a proposal to restrict the opportunity to sign riders.
Signings can now only be made, apart from proven injury, after 25 per cent of Premiership fixtures and before 75 per cent are complete.
In addition, only two team changes are permitted during this time.
British Speedway Chairman Rob Godfrey said: “This ruling now means clubs have to be particularly prudent when making signings and won’t just make changes for the sake of it.
“The regulation comes into force for the 2020 season.”
Godfrey has also confirmed fixture planning is well advanced.
“The fixture planning is always complex because of stadium availability, clashes of dates with other countries, culminating in rider availability.
“My information is we should almost be there now in terms of planning the Premiership and Championship, there are just a couple of sticking points which need to be addressed.”
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