King's Lynn Stars riders suffering through no bike practice
No bike practice during the coronavirus pandemic makes things less than perfect for King’s Lynn Stars speedway riders.
Both Thomas Jorgensen and Lewis Kerr have expressed their frustration at a lack of opportunity to blow off the cobwebs.
Coronavirus lockdown means tracks and stadiums are closed for four-lap practice to the duo, with the authorities’ point of view being that a potential injury could divert precious resources from fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Minors & Brady Stars captain Kerr confirmed this was the case, saying: “We all got an email from the ACU (Auto-Cycle Union) saying that we couldn’t practice.
“If someone got an injury and they called an ambulance, that ambulance could have been helping someone with coronavirus, or things like that, so yes, it’s off the cards as well at the moment.”
The Dersingham-based rider added: “It’s really frustrating because the pre-season practice went really well and then I did the Ben Fund meeting - I was leading the final until I had bike issues.
“I came away from that meeting feeling better than I had ever felt in pre-season, to be honest.
“But hopefully when we do kick-off, I can just carry that straight on.”
Meanwhile, Danish speedster Jorgensen said: “I’ve only been on the bike at the start of the season obviously. I did the Ben Fund and a few practices but now I’ve got back to square one.
“When the season starts we definitely need to get a few laps in before we can get to the tapes.
“I’ve been doing a lot of running and have got a spinning bike. Some riders are moaning a bit that they’re not able to stay fit.
"I don’t see how: you can go running and you’re allowed to go out and do that.
“I try to do 100 push-ups daily and sit-ups as well. I made up a sort of a yoga routine. I’ve always suffered from stiffness and this helps me a lot.”
Kerr is also relishing the extra time in order to work on his fitness.
The 30-year-old said: “I’ve just been running, pretty much, miles and miles. My fitness is probably better than it was at the start of the year. I’ve got even more time now and it’s nice going for a run. It clears the head and I love it.”
Kerr recently announced two sponsors, with SFS Electrical Ltd from South Creake continuing their support; and new sponsor First Klass Property Improvements, a construction firm based around Lynn, coming on board.