King's Lynn Stars' German ace relieved to be back after injury
Erik Riss was relieved to complete his first King’s Lynn outing back after injury and the Stars already look stronger for it.
On Monday the Poultec Stars will host a return match against Poole – they were due to travel down to the south coast with an unchanged side last night – which will be a first league encounter for Riss versus the Pirates since last season’s play-off final, which denied Lynn their debut title.
Speaking at length for the first time since being injured at home to Poole on May 20 in a cup loss, the German could reflect on a personal eight points, winning his final two rides, and a home Premiership success over Swindon Robins.
The 23-year-old told the Lynn News about getting used to Lynn’s grippier-than-most track as well as having to deal with a collision by Swindon’s Jason Doyle: “It was one of those meetings!
“The first heat was terrible: the track is like it always is but I hadn’t ridden this track for a month.
“I wasn’t able to do a lot of training in the last three weeks and, you know, riding a bike is always something else than training at the gym.
“So when you get to a track which is really grippy, it’s something else, and the first ride I’m struggling.
“Then in the second one I was in second position and Doyley took me out. Then I had to go on my spare bike.
“That wasn’t working right so there were three heats which weren’t good.
“Before the meeting I was quite stressed. I always put myself under a lot of pressure.
“Normally when I’m in the rhythm and I have a lot of meetings, I’m more relaxed but when I’ve been off the bike for a month I was quite nervous before the first race and the next, but after the third I felt I was starting to not take it too seriously, and in the end I was alright.
“I had one individual meeting last week in Germany but you can’t compare it to this one: the track was much easier than here.
“I came here for practice last week as well. The track was quite slick but today it was race conditions.”
Riss still has the plate inserted into his injured collarbone.
He added: “I didn’t feel anything in my collarbone but when I took that crash, it’s quite sore. Hopefully I didn’t damage it.”
Poole being the next opponents away and home have no significance: “For me, it’s like any other day,” Riss commented.
“Everywhere we go, either we win or we lose. It doesn’t matter what happened last year.
“This year is a new season. We’ve got to win every meeting because of the position we’re in.”