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RISS MAKES KING'S LYNN U-TURN

German international Erik Riss admits the UK’s falling coronavirus infection rate prompted his shock return to King’s Lynn.

26 / 03 / 2021, 10:14

German international Erik Riss admits the UK’s falling coronavirus infection rate prompted his shock return to King’s Lynn.

The double World Long Track champion announced that he wouldn’t be racing for the Stars, and would instead be competing for Swedish side Rospiggarna and an unnamed club in Denmark.

He will now double up with King's Lynn and SGB Championship club Birmingham, while lining up for Wittstock – a German team competing in the Polish Second Division.

Since then things have been improving in the UK and it looks a lot more positive now. It looks like we’re going to get racing this year and I have always said that financially and in terms of racing, it makes sense to ride in Britain over Scandinavia.

Erik Riss

With Covid-19 cases plunging in Britain and the country’s vaccination drive progressing rapidly, Riss believes he is more likely to get regular racing in the UK and is delighted to have been welcomed back by the Stars.

The former Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations finalist said: “I think the club will be stoked to have me back. I needed the reassurance that I was going to be able to ride this year which is why I originally decided to go to Sweden and Denmark.

“Since then things have been improving in the UK and it looks a lot more positive now. It looks like we’re going to get racing this year and I have always said that financially and in terms of racing, it makes sense to ride in Britain over Scandinavia.

“I hope everyone is happy with me coming back and that I didn’t upset too many people before, but the Stars management is really happy I’m coming back.”

Riss joins GB star Craig Cook, skipper Lewis Kerr, Lewis Bridger, Ty Proctor, Thomas Jorgensen and Ryan Kinsley in the King’s Lynn team.

It’s a side Riss hopes will be pushing for honours. He said: “In the circumstances with riders like Robert (Lambert) not riding in the UK, the promotion has done a good job in putting together a competitive team.

“Before every season, it’s the management and the team’s goal to win the league and it’s always the same. It doesn’t matter where you ride. I don’t think any club goes into a season hoping they don’t finish last.”

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