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King's Lynn Stars skipper takes part in Great Britain training camp

King’s Lynn Stars captain Lewis Kerr was involved in a Great Britain speedway training camp over the bank holiday weekend.

It was the Lions’ first get-together of the year on Friday and Saturday at Eastbourne where the group also had practice on Sunday at the local track – which is also, coincidentally, Kerr’s second-tier club in the Championship.

The Dersingham pro racer made his GB debut at Lynn in October 2019, helping to beat Denmark 53-37 in the Global Challenge meeting, and the 31-year-old admits he harbours a “massive ambition” for his career among the national ranks.

Lewis Kerr ready for the new Speedway season. Picture: Ian Burt. (46646447)
Lewis Kerr ready for the new Speedway season. Picture: Ian Burt. (46646447)

The Minors & Brady Stars skipper said of the weekend catch-up: “It was originally supposed to be earlier in the year but it got put back because of Covid restrictions.

“It’s good to see the other boys’ fitness levels and everything. There were quite a few missing senior riders, being in Poland and stuff.

“There were only three or four senior riders there and a lot of youngsters; seniors were people like me, Charles Wright and Kyle Howarth plus youngsters like Tom Brennan, Drew Kemp and Jason Edwards.

“They have all our data fitness-wise. There were various tests over the weekend and they were compared to last year.

“There were all sorts of meetings over different aspects of speedway: tactical, and there was a really good psychological coach in the GB squad.

“We had Zoom (social media conference calls) meetings with all sorts of professional athletes, including Matt Ritchie, the Newcastle United Premier League footballer.

“I have a massive ambition for Great Britain. I would really like a Grand Prix qualifier and I’ve still got a hell of a lot to prove being involved with GB.”

As well as Monday’s
local press engagements with his Stars side, Kerr
will also join a British Speedway Zoom media event, direct from Belle Vue’s National Speedway Stadium in Manchester, where key individuals from British Speedway will be meeting for the first time in 2021.

There will be three Zoom sessions which include a panel discussion with the team captains from all 2021 Premiership team squads plus a discussion with the nominated Rising Star from all 2021 Premiership teams. The latter panel involves Lynn’s Rising Star rider Ryan Kinsley.

The Premiership season begins on Monday, May 17 versus Ipswich at The Adrian Flux Arena.

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