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King's Lynn Stars reserve relieved that speedway has started

King’s Lynn Stars reserve Ryan Kinsley is relieved to finally begin racing speedway and says it “means the world” to tackle his debut Premiership campaign with his local team.

Following an 18-month coronavirus hiatus, the Norfolk racer admitted: “It’s been hard to keep going.

“It is a big weight off my shoulders to finally get to the start of the season which everyone has been waiting for.

Stars boss Peter Schroeck with Ryan Kinsley in the pits.. (47284564)
Stars boss Peter Schroeck with Ryan Kinsley in the pits.. (47284564)

“We’ve finally got the call-up and it’s all systems go – it’s what everyone has wanted.

“Now that’s in your mind you can clear everything else in the back of your head and concentrate on riding.”

Kinsley lives near Cromer and is relishing representing his local club.

He said: “It means the world to me and it’s where I first started speedway from the Young Stars days so to get the call-up to be in the top team and just be local down the road, and be the local lad, is everything you could have wanted.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it, just knuckle down and see what I can do.

“There’s no pressure on me this year. Everyone knows it’s a big learning year for me so it’s just a case of knuckling down and doing what I can do.

“There will definitely be some points scored I’m sure and we’ll just keep moving forward.

“Me and Dan the mechanic will set some targets but we will keep them to ourselves just to concentrate and keep moving forward.

“The main target is just to show my name out for this year and stay in the league for next year.”

He praised the new Rising Star programme for British youngsters.

He said: “The scheme gives everyone a chance to be able to show themselves in the top league and get their names out there.

“It is a really good scheme. We’ve got to grab this opportunity with both hands and go for it.”

He feared when the Young Stars folded that could have ended any ideas of racing for his local club but the broader experience has benefitted his racing: “Yes, it was very hard times. I ended up going all the way to Buxton when the National League team shut down.

“Going from somewhere that’s only an hour up the road to four hours is hard. When you’re still learning to ride and going from such a different track to what King’s Lynn is, it was hard.

“But I think it’s done me good to have some time away on the smaller tracks. It’s definitely helped with my riding, so now to come back here to a track that I love and done a lot of laps around it, it should be a good season.”

National League-wise, Kinsley moved over from Mildenhall to Kent during the winter: “It wasn’t what I planned, to be honest.

“I got the call from Mildenhall sort of early on saying I wasn’t able to ride there this year so we had to make a few changes,” the 22-year-old added.

“Kent’s another nice club and it’s further down the road, but the more riding I get, the better I’m going to get so we grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

“I’m not going to release too much but I think it was more or less a numbers game at Mildenhall; the averages just didn’t work out.

“The last couple of times I raced at Kent I got double figures so I knew it was a track I got on with. We jumped at it straight away.”

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