King's Lynn Stars' Jorgensen names speedway dream team
King’s Lynn Minors & Brady Stars fans’ favourite Thomas Jorgensen turns from rider to team boss as the Dane gives the lowdown on his ideal one-to-seven line-up.
1. Erik Gundersen. The dashing Dane starred in the late 1970s and 1980s, winning the World Pairs Championship a record five years in succession from 1985-1989 as well as being a three-times World Champion.
Jorgensen said: “It would be awesome to have him in the side. They would all get on in the same team.”
2. Tony Rickardsson. The Swede grabbed six world titles in 15 attempts and was a giant during the early Grand Prix years.
Jorgensen: “He starred for Ipswich and King’s Lynn obviously. He was always stable; always scoring points for the team.”
3. Mark Loram. The Malta-born Brit won the World Speedway Championship in 2000.
Jorgensen: “I admire him especially his skill on the bike. That would be superb to have him in the team as well. I didn’t know that he also rode for King’s Lynn.”
4. Joe Screen. A British international whose major honours include winning the World Under-21 Championship in 1993. Screen was also British champion twice.
Jorgensen: “I rode for Scunthorpe and competed against him once when he was getting on a bit - I think he would be riding for Glasgow. I managed to watch a few youtube videos of Joe and he was coming from grasstrack, so he was one of the leg trailers, like Loram.
“Way back, no-one used to trail their leg, then the odd rider started to do it, like Loram and Screen, they were the first to do it. On the grass you don’t have much choice than to trail your leg behind.”
5. Tomasz Gollob. Always exciting, frequently controversial, the pride of Poland finally landed a world title in 2010.
Jorgensen: “Yes, he was Mr Polish Speedway. He was awesome, especially when he was younger. He would be nearly hitting the fence at times in order to get a bit of grip. That was just how he was.”
6. Hans Nielsen. The four-time world champion is another Danish compatriot in Jorgensen’s choice seven.
Jorgensen: “He was a good rider - pure talent. Did I grow up watching only Danes? Not really but Hans was great, obviously.”
7. Leigh Adams. The stylish Australian who almost brought the then-Lynn Knights their maiden top-flight title triumph in the company of fellow Down Under rider Jason Crump around the turn of the millennium.
Jorgensen: “He has been one of my icons and idols. Leigh had the greatest style on a bike; Kelly Moran, an American rider, was another one like that.”