Lynn Stars team boss confident rider will be fit for Leicester trip
King’s Lynn Stars team manager Dale Allitt is confident going into Bank Holiday Monday’s trip to Leicester Lions that reserve rider Michael Palm Toft will be fit.
The Tru Plant Stars superbly reinforced their play-off credentials, beating rivals Wolverhampton Wolves in an SGB Premiership speedway double-header 60-30 – their biggest win of the season so far – and 55-35.
Danish racer Palm Toft tweaked his knee against Berwick riding for Peterborough at the weekend and aggravated the injury on Wednesday at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Allitt said of Palm Toft: “He should be okay for Monday. They’ve signed him out for three days so we’ll reassess things and the options. I think he’ll be okay.”
Allitt added of the two vital victories over Wolves: “We’ve said all along we had to put it in our own hands and that’s exactly what we did.
“Everyone stepped up, which we knew we would. We were really pumped and focused for the meeting, we came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders.
“It was a little bit more difficult at the start of the second meeting. The track had changed a little and there were a few silly mistakes. Michael had problems with his fuel and Thomas (Jorgensen) went through the tapes.
“But after that we did exactly what we did in the first meeting, which was fantastic for us.”
It was especially pleasing to see among the points reserve Simon Lambert, who registered two wins in the second Wolves meeting and vindicated the club’s decision to stick with the Lincolnshire-based rider.
Allitt added: “Simon can score points around here. He has helped us in two more meetings.
“I got Kasper (Andersen, who Lambert replaced in the Lynn reserve slot when the former was injured) a spot at Sheffield which has helped his confidence.”
Wednesday night’s two wins took Lynn from sixth to third in the table – but Ty Proctor, ever cautious, refuses to get carried away.
“I always said all along we had the capabilities of possibly making the play-offs,” said the Australian – adding quickly, “we’re still not there yet.”
“Mathematically it’s not cemented yet. We’ve just got to keep working hard – and we said at the beginning if we kept working hard we could make it. We’re still in that situation now.
“I don’t want to count the chickens before they’re hatched.
“If we can go away from home and pick up a couple of points in the last few matches, yeah, it might work.
“But we’ve got some big teams coming here in the back end and we’re just going to have to keep working hard.”