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No banter, says King's Lynn Stars' skipper ahead of Monday derby clash against Ipswich Witches

No banter – that’s the view of King’s Lynn Stars skipper Lewi Kerr as he prepares for Monday’s Premiership derby season-opener at home to Ipswich.

The Dersingham speedway pro knows many of the Witches since it’s one of his former clubs, while his Ipswich opposite number Danny King is one of the regular Team Kerr members on his charity golf days.

Kerr gathered his troops together for the first time in 2021 during Monday’s press day.

Lewis Kerr. Picture: Ian Burt. (47035940)
Lewis Kerr. Picture: Ian Burt. (47035940)

He was aware plenty of pre-match noises have come from Foxhall (a “We’re the biggest club in East Anglia” Tweet via @ipswichspeedway springs to mind), but said: “To be honest, I haven’t spoken to any of them.

“They’re just trying to hype it up – local derby and that. To open up with a win against them would be great. I’m looking forward to it and we’re all going to enjoy it.

“As long as we enjoy it, we’ll do well and pull off the win.

“To be fair, we’re all in that mindset that we haven’t been riding and we’re lucky enough to start riding again (after coronavirus wiped out 2020 league racing).

“Everyone seems a lot more relaxed and that will only benefit us on the track. We all want to win here and as long as we all enjoy it, we’re going to ride a lot better and results will flow.

“This is the first time we’re all here - minus Erik Riss who’s racing in Denmark, I think. Everyone’s been out on a bike, so it’s good to see them.

“It’s like we’ve never been away, to be honest. Pretty much it’s the same team. We’ve got Lewis (Bridger) and Ryan (fellow reserve Kinsley) here, but we know them anyway.

“It doesn’t feel any different so it’s yeah, it’s good.”

The pandemic has been ‘an elephant in the room’ in the back of everyone’s minds on a daily basis for the past year, but the Lynn-born rider is focused.

“Everybody knows what their job is, so it should be good.”

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