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HARTEL COMPLETES STARS SIDE

German young gun Michael Hartel is determined to make the most of his second chance in Britain with King’s Lynn after signing for 2020.

10 / 01 / 2020, 08:44

German young gun Michael Hartel is determined to make the most of his second chance in Britain with King’s Lynn after signing for 2020.

The Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations star makes his SGB Premiership debut as he joins GB racers Robert Lambert and Craig Cook, plus fellow countryman Erik Riss, Lewis Kerr, Ty Proctor and Thomas Jorgensen in a rock-solid Stars side.

It will be great being part of the team because I know guys like Robert Lambert and Erik Riss really well, so I think the team spirit and everything will be great.

Michael Hartel

Hartel hasn’t enjoyed the best of luck with injury in recent years. His spell with Ipswich in the SGB Championship in 2018 was cut short by injury, and he was also sidelined for Germany’s Monster Energy SON Final in Togliatti last summer.

So he’s delighted to have been handed an opportunity at the Adrian Flux Arena. He said: “I am definitely very pleased to sign a contract with King’s Lynn. I was racing here two years ago, but I had a bad crash at the second Long Track Grand Prix with Martin Smolinski, where I suffered a badly broken hand.

“As a result of that, my time in the UK was over after only doing a few meetings.

"I was very unlucky, but it was what it was so I am very happy to get another chance to ride in Britain again.

“It will be great being part of the team because I know guys like Robert Lambert and Erik Riss really well, so I think the team spirit and everything will be great. I really think we can go far as a team this year.

“Peter Schroeck (team manager) is also a great guy. I have phoned him a few times and he comes from Germany, which does help too. I don’t know many tracks in the UK, but the fans can expect me to fight for the team to the last corner in every race.

“I am hoping that I can get used to the specialist tracks in Britain after I did alright for Ipswich in my short time there. But I think King’s Lynn will be great for me.”

 

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