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RISS BLOW FOR KING'S LYNN

King’s Lynn co-promoter Dale Allitt admits losing German international Erik Riss is “a major setback” to their 2021 plans.

23 / 01 / 2021, 12:42

King’s Lynn co-promoter Dale Allitt admits losing German international Erik Riss is “a major setback” to their 2021 plans.

The Stars are now preparing for the SGB Premiership’s planned return in May, but have been hampered by rule changes in Poland – restricting PGE Ekstraliga stars to racing in just one other national league, while First and Second Division riders can compete in up to two.

This forced the club to bid farewell to local hero Robert Lambert, with the European champion lining up for Torun in Poland and Swedish side Lejonen.

King’s Lynn will now also have to compete with Riss, who has agreed terms with Wittstock – a German team in Poland’s Second Division. He will also race for Rospiggarna in Sweden and for a club in Denmark.

Allitt says the Stars will now scour the transfer market, but admits Riss’ departure is a blow.

He said: “I can’t pretend otherwise, this is a major setback to us. Erik thought very carefully about the decision but he has decided to miss out on Britain.

“We have to respect Erik’s decision and we must now press on looking for alternative options. Hopefully we will be able to have some positive news soon.

“To be fair to Erik, he was very patient last year and hung around in the UK waiting for the season to start and I know he was planning to race here this year, but clearly he feels Denmark and Sweden is the better option to go with his Polish duties.

“We have options and we have riders committed to us for 2021 which will become clear in due course, we just ask our fans to stay patient for the time being. We wish Erik well for the season ahead and we are confident it isn’t the last we have seen of him in King’s Lynn colours.”

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