Number is lucky for King’s Lynn Stars’ Iversen

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The 2015 King’s Lynn Stars number one Niels-Kristian Iversen retains No.88 as next year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix riding numbers are revealed.

The Dane, whose lucky number is eight, goes for that theme again.

As the 33-year-old explained at the recent Night With Niels get-together with Lynn fans: “It’s my lucky number. I couldn’t pick eight so it has to be 88.”

Seeking his first-ever world title, Iversen is taking time out from British Speedway in 2016 due to a congested schedule.

He said: “I have been thinking quite a lot about it. I was hoping they would come up with a squad system, so that we could share places with the other top boys.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen and I have to be realistic. This year has been quite tough.

“With the calendar I’ve had, I’ve been under quite a lot of pressure in terms of preparing myself 100 per cent for every event. If that’s the case, maybe I have to say no to something.

“I want to prepare myself 100 per cent for everything I do. If I can’t do that, there’s no point.”

Riding at Lynn since 2011, he has won two World Cups and four successive Danish titles during that time.

n King’s Lynn have been handed the opening round of the World Under 21 Championship Final on June 18, 2016.

The Adrian Flux Arena also stages a round of the Speedway Grand Prix qualifying quarter-finals on May 7.

This partly makes up for losing a round of the World Cup, as the new National Speedway Stadium at Belle Vue takes its chance to fly the UK flag by hosting both the race-off and the Grand Final.