King's Lynn Stars have to improve away form if they are to make play-off spots, says Dersingham-based rider
Lewis Kerr appreciates that King’s Lynn need to improve their away form if the Stars are going to reach the top four Premiership play-off spots.
The Poultec Stars in the regular speedway season have two home and two away meetings remaining, the away two at Wolverhampton on Monday and on Thursday, September 12 at Poole Pirates.
They went down 54-36 at Belle Vue on Bank Holiday Monday and need to up their game on the road.
Dersingham-based Kerr said: “Wolves and Poole are tough places but we’ve had three meetings at home in a week and we’re all on fire so we hope just to transfer that into away matches.”
The Lynn and Eastbourne rider has stepped up himself during the second half of the campaign and was a good stand-in captain while fellow Norfolk-born ace Robert Lambert – who returned from neck and back injuries this week – was injured.
The 29-year-old added he was unsure why he has now clicked: “I’m not really sure: I worked hard over the winter.
“I struggled for Lynn early on and couldn’t work it out because my form for Eastbourne was so good.
“But I think dropping down to reserve helped me with confidence and stuff.
“Now I’m making starts and breaking hearts.”
On fitness, he said: “It’s the biggest thing, isn’t it; I want to be injury-free. It’s going well.”
It wasn’t entirely clear – owing to speedway’s many rules – whether Kerr, who up to that point was on a paid maximum, would go out in the final nominated Heat 15 at home to Belle Vue last week.
In the end he passed on the opportunity anyway, as he explained: “I was programmed to go in Heat 14 and because I took one of Tero Aarnio’s rides, I’d had my four rides and we discussed it, you know.
“We were quite a way in front, so end the night on a paid max and end it on a lot of confidence; that was our plan.
“The track suited us. It was a little bit slicker than normal – you could really race it.
“I made four good starts and made life easy.”