Lynn's Niels-Kristian Iversen feeling like his old self
Niels-Kristian Iversen is beginning to feel like his old self following a mid-season break for a shoulder operation – and so King’s Lynn’s speedway legend proved in the Stars’ last outing.
The Danish Grand Prix star won Heat 15 against Belle Vue last week to seal victory and deny the Aces a Premiership league point.
Tru Plant Stars team boss Dale Allitt backed his veteran in that nominated Heat 15 – and so Iversen delivered with a 5-1 in conjunction with fellow heat leader Robert Lambert to cap a 49-41 home win over their play-off chasing rivals.
Iversen retained a few doubts about going out in that finale, as the 36-year-old revealed: “Sometimes I get a little tired at the end of the meeting with my arms because I don’t have the muscle mass or strength that you sometimes require.
“I can feel it sometimes at the end of meetings and it’s also been my downfall.
“But again, what can you do? I do the best what I can and I know that most days that’s enough.
“Dale backed me to go out in the last race of the day and of course I want to show I’m the man for the job as well.”
Asked whether he is feeling more like his former self after rehabilitation from last year’s major shoulder injury, the recently-crowned winner of a seventh Danish title replied: “I’m getting better and better.
“The biggest issue is at this track so far this year.
“I’ve hit more points away from home on most occasions.
“I’ve had a fairly decent meeting.
“I just need to keep working on it and I’m sure it’ll work. I feel a lot better on the bike basically everywhere.”
Iversen has forged a solid partnership with his outstanding skipper Robert Lambert, the home-grown sensation.
The Esbjerg-born rider commented: “Robert has been outstanding this year. You can’t expect to hit maximums every single meeting.
“Sometimes you get a few problems. He had a few issues with his bike; these things just happen. He still came up with the goods when he had to.”
Indeed, Iversen had to borrow team-mate Simon Lambert’s engine versus Belle Vue because the one the Dane was expecting did not turn up in time.
Next for the Stars is what will now be a double-header with Wolverhampton Wolves on Wednesday. This includes the re-arranged rained-off meeting with Wolves from Monday.
Admission prices for the meeting, which starts at 7pm, are as follows: family ticket (2x adults and unlimited under-16s) £54, adults £27, concessions (disabled / 65 and over) £22.50, young adults (aged 16/17) £15, children under-16 free.
The agreed pricing structure is designed to give people, in all categories, a 50 per cent discount for the second meeting, when buying a ticket for both fixtures.
Anyone wishing to watch just the second meeting (approx 8.15pm) will pay the full, usual admission upon the completion of Heat 15 in the first fixture.
The club will be unable to accept any refund/ rain-off readmission tickets for this double-header event.