King’s Lynn Stars have been handed a major boost with the return of Aussie speedway ace Troy Batchelor following his injury lay-off.
The former Grand Prix star, back at the Adrian Flux Arena a decade after his first spell with the club, suffered a broken arm in a motocross crash over the winter.
However, he successfully came through a practice session last week and will now make his eagerly-anticipated return to the Stars side against former club Swindon at the Adrian Flux Arena next Wednesday, May 18 (7.30).
Batchelor, 28, is delighted to finally be getting his 2016 season underway – and he is desperate to make an immediate impact for the Stars.
“I’m itching to ride speedway again because it’s been a long winter,” Batchelor said.
“I’ve had an unwanted injury and I’ve been missing speedway, so it definitely makes you appreciate things and I hope I’ll be back better than ever.
“King’s Lynn have had a few injury troubles which have affected them so far, so I’m hoping I can come back and make a difference.”
Batchelor comes in as a replacement for injury victim Rory Schlein, with Niels-Kristian Iversen remaining with the club after he had originally returned on a temporary basis.
Stars team manager Rob Lyon is thrilled to have Batchelor back in the fold as they look to climb up the Elite League table.
“It’s a big boost for the team and the club, and obviously for Troy himself, to have him back racing.” Lyon said.
“We are delighted to be welcoming him back into the side, he’s a quality rider who I’m sure will be chomping at the bit to get riding again and score plenty of points for us.”