SCHROECK: KK CAN HAVE A BLAST WITH ROCKETS
Peter Schroeck insists Rye House can get the best from returning former world No.2 Krzysztof Kasprzak after his 2017 collarbone troubles.
17 / 02 / 2018, 11:44
Rye House team manager Peter Schroeck insists Rockets can get the best from returning former world No.2 Krzysztof Kasprzak after he had metalwork removed from his collarbone.
KK endured a nightmare run of form with parent club Poole last year, with his scores worsening further after a collarbone break in May.
A lot of people don’t know that Krzysztof actually rode last year with a broken collarbone, with plates in there, but it didn’t stop his scoring for us.
But a move to Hoddesdon in August brought a dramatic upturn in his fortunes and the Polish international is back for 2018, joining Scott Nicholls, Chris Harris, Edward Kennett, Stuart Robson, Ben Barker and Max Clegg in the side.
Schroeck admits the collarbone break hampered KK throughout last year and he’s certain the Leszno-born ace can get back to his best as a Rocket.
He said: “A lot of people don’t know that Krzysztof actually rode last year with a broken collarbone, with plates in there, but it didn’t stop his scoring for us.
“He had an operation to remove the plates before Christmas, and he’s been training and working hard on his fitness since then. So he is super-fit to go.
“He very much wants to be a part of the Grand Prix scene again, and he sees riding for Rye House as important in helping him achieve that goal.
"He really wanted to be back here this season. KK fits in perfectly with what we want to do in 2018, and because of the consistency of team we will have, he will help to really keep the momentum going from the way we finished last season. It’s the perfect win-win.”
Rockets fell marginally short of the SGB Premiership play-offs last season and Schroeck admits Kasprzak played a key role in the league newcomers getting so close to the top four.
He said: “What he did for us last year - both in points and entertainment - speaks for itself. He was our missing link, so to speak, last season, and he did so much to turn our year around and get us so close to the play-offs.
“He is a very level-headed guy, and a total professional. He was good with all the other riders last year, a strong leader and eager to share his knowledge and experience.”
Kasprzak saluted the Rockets fans and can’t wait to be back in Hertfordshire. He said: “I’m very happy to be able to stay in the team.
“We look a good side; all the boys are very good riders, plus we have a good boss, good manager and great fans. We will work hard for the best results for you all. A big thank you to all my sponsors, and a special hello to the fans – see you soon!”