King's Lynn Stars skipper reacts positively to government roadmap
Returning local King’s Lynn Stars rider Lewis Kerr has reacted positively to this week’s government road map to recovery from lockdown being revealed.
Monday’s announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that up to 10,000 sports fans will be permitted initially back into English stadiums from May 17 at the earliest is taken as good news in general by the Dersingham racer, who is back at Lynn on a two-year deal.
On the green light given for speedway clubs after the 2020 league programme was wiped out by coronavirus, Kerr commented that it was a positive move: “Without a doubt, as long as things continue to go the way they are. I don’t see it being a problem.
“They’re saying up to 10,000 fans will be allowed back for football matches.
“We’ll be happy with 20 per cent of that, so fingers-crossed everything will be okay.
“With the covid restrictions, if they keep going with things then we’ll have to fit in our fixtures during this shortened season.”
British Speedway bosses welcomed the government news which means the new campaign can begin with supporters.
Chairman of British Speedway Promoters Ltd, Rob Godfrey, said: “Subject to no further delays, we are going racing from May 17. Naturally we all hope there are no further issues.
“The fixture lists for the Premiership and Championship were put together from May 1 but there is flexibility within to account for starting on May 17 and not May 1.
“There will be a lot of friends getting together for the first time since their last meeting of the 2019 season and that’s something to look forward to.”
The Lynn captain added: “If we start on the 17th then our first fixture would be at home to Ipswich, but that’s got to be confirmed.
“With the government setting up the ladder to come out of lockdown in these stages, then everything can be fine for fans on the 17th. Maybe we’ll have to start with Ipswich.”
He agrees it will be an emotional return to the Premiership pits and track: “I think it might be. I’ve just done some individual meetings.
“Everything has got to the point where we just want to get back to normality.
“It does seem so long ago now and you do miss the banter of the lads.”
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