Dersingham-based rider raring to go in 2019
Lewis Kerr is a loser – of weight, that is – and the Dersingham speedway rider vows to make the fittest he’s ever been count, writes Peter Woodhouse.
The speedster, this week announced as returning to the King’s Lynn Stars, said he’s shed four kilos to be fighting fit despite suffering leg breaks last summer while riding at Lynn and stated he’s “never been more determined”.
The 28-year-old said of his fitness: “It’s fantastic, really. I’m fitter and lighter than I was. I’m well on track for the season.
“Because obviously I missed quite a chunk, I’ve been training a lot earlier than most people. I’ll go out and make sure the bikes are okay.
“The long time out has given me time to prepare a lot more and a chance to try a few different things, and it’s gone better than I thought it would go, to be honest.
“I’m four kilos lighter than what I was last year and hopefully that will benefit me this season.”
Speaking about his off-season training, father of two Kerr added: “I do my wife’s classes a couple of times a week – she’s a fitness instructor – and the rest of the time is in the gym doing a lot of spin classes, and a lot of rehab work as well.”
The popular racer is grateful for the support, commenting: “I had such a good year it’s a nice thing that people want me back, because when I was back there before I got injured, it was going so well. It’s ideal for me.”
With 2018 going so well, more of the same starting in April would suit Kerr down to the ground: “If I can better my preparation, then hopefully I can do even better than how I was going,” he added.
“If I can get over my head injury (suffered a few years ago while riding for Peterborough, which put Kerr in a coma) like I did, then a couple of leg breaks is nothing compared to what I went through with that, you know.
“I’m more than fine, I’m more than up for it. I’ve never been more determined.”