King's Lynn rider wants to hit the ground running
When hopefully in May he returns in King’s Lynn Stars kevlars from nearly a 20-month speedway break, Craig Cook aims to “hit the ground running”.
Heat leader Cook, who arrived at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena in 2019, last year had an enforced lay-off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The former Grand Prix rider during the winter declared his intent to resume with the Minors & Brady Stars for their Premiership campaign which is due to restart on Monday, May 3, and said: “That’s up to them.
“I would love to be back and I don’t think there would be any problem with that. I enjoyed 2019 with the Stars and I have said that many times before.”
During his comparatively brief time at the Saddlebow Road stadium Cook made an impression at post-meeting press conferences, speaking frankly but also with insight into various aspects of the shale sport.
The 33-year-old recognises he has an affinity with the West Norfolk public and club: “They’re country folk like me (Cook is from Cumbria), so it’s like a home from home for me.”
On the fans’ appreciation of his candid nature, Cook added: “I try to be. There are no back doors with me. I try to tell it as it is.
“I don’t like to say something and don’t mean it. That can probably be a bad thing at times! But I am who I am and that could be why the guys at Lynn like me.”
Cook last rode at Lynn’s track during October 2019 for Great Britain in a victorious challenge match versus Denmark when current Stars captain Lewis Kerr was handed his GB debut.
In the Danish ranks that evening were former Stars Niels-Kristian Iversen and Kasper Andersen.
“Yes, it’s strange to feel like it’s a while ago now,” he reflected. “I had done so much speedway over the previous ten years.
“I went on the bike once last year and I feel strong and healthy in body and mind.
“So I feel when I come back I will be ready. Everyone knows I can ride a bike. I feel I’ll be more physically and mentally ready for it and I hope I can hit the ground running.”