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King's Lynn speedster says pressure will be on Peterborough in Premiership derby clash

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Stars rider Thomas Jorgensen feels reigning Premiership champions Peterborough will feel more pressure when they visit King’s Lynn on Monday.

Lynn have already registered league cup home and away wins over the Panthers.

The popular Minors & Brady Stars speedway racer said: “We have obviously beaten them here at home. They have some good boys in their team but are not what they used to be last year.

Thomas Jorgensen. Photo: Ian Burt
Thomas Jorgensen. Photo: Ian Burt

“They obviously won the league last year but I bet they feel the pressure. That’s why we need to take advantage of that.”

He was surprised by the margin of the league cup 56-34 home victory: “Looking back at the previous year, we had a shocker, so I would say it was a surprise but we all just clicked. And if we all click, we’ll be dangerous. I’m sure they will feel more pressure than we will.”

Is Jorgensen wary of a backlash, especially with former Stars team boss Rob Lyon guiding matters in the Peterborough pits?

“Sure they will be hungry for some better results. They went to Belle Vue and beat them so they’re still there and strong, so we will still need to be on our toes and bring our gating gloves.

“Their boys, they know the set-up and they are really quick but so are we and if we find the set-up we should be all right.”

The 29-year-old reflected on their last meeting, a home 50-40 triumph over Belle Vue.

“We had so much confidence going into it. My performance at Belle Vue wasn’t acceptable and I was very gutted with that. If I had scored the points I’m sure we would have won the meeting.

“So I knew we were on home shale, and that we had confidence. If we carry on like this we will go far.”

Jorgensen is forging a partnership with fellow Dane Niels-Kristian Iversen and the pair recorded two 5-1 maximum victories versus Belle Vue.

Jorgensen said of their success: “I didn’t expect him to go that wide in the second ride out.

“But I managed to obviously hold back whoever was behind me and try to block him and let Niels gain the momentum because here it’s important that once you’re in front to build up your momentum.

“We managed to get a 5-1. It was hard work but it paid off. It is hard to team ride here especially when everyone is so fast, so I just had to focus on blocking the guy behind me, following Niels’ line.”

Jorgensen overtook the Aces’ Charles Wright in a slick heat eight move: “He left a bit of a gap for me so I just let the bike run and drifted up to the dirt – let the bike do its work – because I knew I had the speed,” continued the Aalborg-born rider.

“The dirt was so wide and I actually thought he was going to cut back. I hit the dirt and the bike pulled around the corner. I was happy about that.

“Abroad I’ve been doing good and I’ve had some points; I just need to bring it here, I felt. Tonight was where I really hit form. My gating is improving here and I feel I have more speed, that’s what I’ve been chasing.”

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