King's Lynn Stars team boss expecting big things of heat leader in 2021
Sabbatical-sitting King’s Lynn Stars heat leader Craig Cook will be rejuvenated for speedway next year.
That’s the verdict of Minors & Brady Stars team boss Peter Schroeck who says the coronavirus-enforced break will do the former Grand Prix ace a world of good.
The 33-year-old Cook elected to sit out Monday’s re-arranged British Final, citing safety grounds and lack of preparation.
Schroeck told the Lynn News: “You’ll see a different Craig Cook coming back.
“He’s had a year off and is really up for it for next season.
“He’s been doing the same thing for ten to fifteen years. When you keep striving for top results you’re banging your head against a brick wall.
“Someone like Lewis Kerr likes to be racing every week. For Craig, it will be the best thing for him for next season.”
Cook called this week’s showdown at Belle Vue, won by ex-Star Rory Schlein, an “unbelievable final.”
Schroeck added of Cook’s decision: “He says: I don’t want to come out for this meeting, and I can understand that – and for a few other riders like that.
“Although people were kicking off, it’s still not a bad line-up.”
Cumbrian Cook said lockdown and the 2020 professional season being cancelled has given him time out to spend with his family, especially his young daughter.
He stated his reasons for not being in the British Final: “Unfortunately I won’t be riding, with the notice given I don’t feel it was enough time to get prepared, also having a title on the line and riders doing so little riding I feel isn’t a great combination for safety.”
He also told second club Glasgow’s TigersPlus of his break: “It’s been fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed it to be honest and have been getting a well-earned rest.
“It’s been a long time since I had a break like this. I’ve been able to spend some time in the sun.
“The last few years have been very hectic for me. I’m actually enjoying my time. It’s been monotonous and I was becoming very withdrawn.
“It’s given me the time to get my hunger back for speedway. It’s given time to get ready for next season. I’ve been with my family and enjoyed watching my little girl grow.”
Cook added on social media: “Been a strange old year not racing and only riding a speedway bike once? Going to be even more strange next time I ride one I reckon. Roll on 2021 as this year’s been a fricking disaster.”