King's Lynn riders fall short in Saturday’s FIM Grand Prix Qualifier at Glasgow
Erik Riss pipped King’s Lynn Stars team-mate Lewis Kerr by one point at Saturday’s FIM Grand Prix Qualifier in Glasgow but neither rider could reach the next stage.
Lynn skipper Kerr, from Dersingham, did everything he could to prepare including staying over in Scotland on Friday evening and getting an early night.
Kerr won his first outing but as the meeting wore on with a crash delay his recent collarbone injury took its toll and the Lynn-born professional rider ran out of steam.
Riss finished the night on seven points, and Kerr six.
The 31-year-old told the Lynn News: “I started with a win and second place and I faded, really.
“I got a good start in the meeting but there was a massive break, a crash delay with Bradley Wilson-Dean, which didn’t help me.
“After each race I was in agony with the collarbone. I didn’t notice it in the races with the adrenaline. With certain positions on the bike I struggled.
“The start of the meeting was great: that delay between my second and races was important. The drive up to Glasgow didn’t help at all.”
Top four finishers, former Lynn riders Chris Holder and Nicolai Klindt plus Tobiasz Musielak and Dan Bewley, all qualified for the GP Challenge.
Heat 17, won by Rasmus Jensen (Denmark) with the UK’s Tom Brennan second, saw third for German ace Riss while Kerr was fourth.
Kerr added: “My last race was with Erik. I tried my best to beat him and was all over him, but it was not to be. The track got very slick by then.”
Kerr had an operation on Friday last week (June 11).
He commented: “My collarbone improved very quickly each day. The operation ended up being on the Friday morning. I’ve had seven full days to get back into it which is not very long at all.
“It was one of those things: I had the target to make the GP Qualifier. I wanted to do the meeting; I wanted to hop back on the bike. If you’re not on the bike, it’s not earning money.
“I’m loving it at the minute.”
Scores: Tobiasz Musielak 15, Chris Holder 13, Nicolai Klindt 12, Dan Bewley 11 (after run-off ), Rasmus Jensen 11, Jaimon Lidsey 10, Luke Becker 9, Tom Brennan (res) 9, Charles Wright 7, Erik Riss 7, Lewis Kerr 6, Broc Nicol 3, Lasse Fredriksen 3, Max Ruml 2, Steven Goret 1, Drew Kemp (res) 1, Bradley Wilson-Dean 0, Tero Aarnio 0.