World Champion in town as Lynn Stars host Somerset
World champion Jason Doyle will be in town when Somerset Rebels visit the King’s Lynn Stars on Wednesday (7.30pm).
Australian Doyle lifted his first-ever world title last year and over last winter the New South Wales man made the switch from Somerset’s west country rivals Swindon.
Doyle – based in Norwich on these shores – and fellow Australian Jack Holder are the most effective Rebels away from home so far this season, being the only two Somerset riders to average more than seven points on their travels.
As of last week, Lynn skipper Robert Lambert was top of the Premiership and KO Cup averages with a 'CMA' average points haul of 10.24.
Tru Plant Stars vice-captain Ty Proctor sat 10th overall with 8.24.
In-form Doyle scored a 15-point maximum to lead Somerset to a 47-43 win over Belle Vue last week.
Doyle took a vital last-heat decider for the Rebels after they had seen a ten-point lead pulled back to just two by the Manchester side.
Maximum points from Great Britain star Craig Cook, 14+1, and Aussie Max Fricke in Heat 15 would have seen the Aces snatch victory, but Doyle held firm out-front while compatriot Holder overhauled Fricke on the last bend although the visiting team still took a league point.
Somerset manager Garry May said: “What can you say about Doyley, he was just immense with his well-deserved maximum.
“It has taken Jason a little while to settle back into riding at the Oaktree Arena, but he showed just what an excellent signing he has been for the club.
“Jason led from the front with a tremendous display of riding to see us over the line and maintain our 100 per cent home record.”
The Stars’ talismanic No.1 Niels-Kristian Iversen will be missing this home clash and last night’s away fixture at Rye House as the great Dane bids to make a full recovery from his shoulder injury picked up last year.
Lynn team boss Dale Allitt said: “For the Somerset home fixture we’ve booked Sam Masters. He’s been in great form for Wolverhampton lately and he’s more than capable of scoring some decent points at the Adrian Flux Arena.”
Dersingham speedway rider Lewis Kerr made his long-awaited debut for his Polish side Krosno which turned out to be a baptism of fire.
Kerr, who has been key at reserve for the Saddlebow Road stadium side, signed his first contract in Poland this term for the second division outfit but bad spring weather delayed his debut.
The 28-year-old explained: “It was pretty tough. I didn’t make any starts, and it’s unlike me, really, but it’s all a learning curve.
“The speed was good but I just need to work on the starts. I was pretty angry after Heat 2, but we got it sorted in the end.”
King's Lynn speedway are offering a half-term family night out to remember.
The King's Lynn Tru Plant Stars £36 family ticket gives you all a fun-packed evening on Wednesday.
A family ticket gives you entry for two adults and as many children (under-16) as you like for just £36. Parking is free.
The children will get a free goodie bag along with the chance of free face painting and a colouring competition too.
Visit the Fans' Zone where you can test your reaction times on the same machinery that the riders use and then compare your score against the riders scores.
Selfies with the riders and a chance to get their autographs will be available in the Fans Zone between 7 and 715pm ahead of a must-win match for the Stars.