King's Lynn Stars heat leader putting in the practise laps
King’s Lynn Stars heat leader Erik Riss is settled back home in Germany and getting speedway bike practise – something that virtually all other riders are unable to do.
The two-times World Long Track champion has wasted no time doing laps literally in his backyard, around a course at his parents’ home, and the Memmingen-born rider has been filmed in action on his long track bike.
The former Edinburgh and Leicester ace originally stayed in Middlesbrough with his fiancee Maddie but as soon as the coronavirus lockdown began to take hold, he returned to his mother country.
The 24 year-old said: “It’s been just over a month and a week since I’ve been back In Germany.
“It’s a little speedway track, nearly 120-metres just in my backyard. I still live with my mum and dad in south Germany, close to the border of Austria and Switzerland.”
He agreed it was so handy to ride somewhere so close to home, something which has been denied his Minors and Brady Stars team-mates such as Lewis Kerr and Thomas Jorgensen, who told the Lynn News they have been unable to practise.
“Yes, especially now under the circumstances as we don’t really know when we’re going to ride again,” said Riss, who joined the Norfolk outfit in 2018. “I wouldn’t travel far to ride even if I did have a track close by. I can just jump on my bike whenever I want.”
Riss said it was very hard to adjust to life under Covid-19 initially, but has settled since then.
He commented: “It was (difficult) in the beginning. I was only going to do British racing this year so it was quite hard to accept. It took me a few weeks to get my head around it.
“But from the moment I got home it changed pretty soon. I started working for my dad, who has got a carpentry business and which he did while he was racing, a few weeks ago.”
Both his father Gerd and elder brother Mark, who is exactly a year older than Erik, are two-wheel racers so talent runs in the family.
Working currently full-time is useful to him, as Riss added: “I didn’t really have a trade. From high school I went straight to England to race speedway. My dad never pushed me into it but he really supported me when I went into speedway.”
Lynn News readers can watch Erik Riss lapping in his homeland at: https://twitter.com/KLSpeedway