King's Lynn rider excited about renewing heat leader partnership
King’s Lynn Stars number one Craig Cook is looking forward to renewing his heat leader Premiership partnership with Erik Riss.
The key upper order pair are familiar with each other since their Edinburgh days riding together in the Championship second tier of speedway.
Refreshed Great Britain star Cook, who took a complete break last year, said of the Minors & Brady Stars’ German racer: “It’s great that Erik is back, that he’s decided to come back.
“Speedway riders in this country are few and far between at the minute!
“It’s good that we’ve got Erik. He knows the track well and he knows all the tracks in the UK. You don’t need to have two years to shepherd around someone who’s new or anything like that.
“He’s been here before and done it and he’s got the experience.
“I’ve known Erik since 2015 because he joined Edinburgh in 2015, so I’ve known him for a long time. I’ve ridden with all these guys before, bar Lewis (Bridger) and the young reserve (Ryan Kinsley).
“It’s not like there’s a bad apple in the team or anything, you know? They’re all a great bunch of guys, nothing out of the ordinary.”
Cook also joined the chorus of riders and officials who have praised winter signing Lewis Bridger, who Cook has not yet encountered in either club or Great Britain colours.
The star said: “I don’t think I’ve ever ridden with Lewis, no. I sold him a couple of bikes during the winter.
“He’s a great talent: the talent he possesses on a bike is superior to any of us in the team.
“There’s no lack of talent there. He’s just got to go out and enjoy it. Lewis can sometimes take things too seriously and he can be very 100 per cent with everything he does.
“As long as he can keep enjoying it, I’m sure he can do a great job for us. We’ll always have a strong reserve, which is important.
“If he scores big points he’s only going to move up in the team and somebody else will move down.
“As long as we’ve got a solid side throughout and we all do a job it should be good, but it’s too easy to rely on someone at reserve. The whole team has to pull their own weight. ”