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Shock U-turn from Riss
ERMAN ace Erik Riss has revealed how he had written off chances of a British season – until the last few weeks.
GRiss handed both King’s Lynn and Redcar the shattering news in January that he wouldn’t be racing here in 2021 as he felt he had a better chance of riding in Poland and Sweden. But with the data improving in the UK regarding the pandemic and fans set to return to sporting events soon, he’s performed a U-turn.
On Friday he was unveiled by King’s Lynn in a shock statement from the club – and eight hours later he was revealed as Birmingham’s final team member.
Riss said: “It was a bit unexpected for the fans of both clubs I think. A few months ago, I said I wasn’t going to ride in the UK because of the pandemic but it has changed and it looks quite promising in the UK now.
“For me, it was always going to make more sense to do two leagues over here than do Scandinavia but at the time it didn’t look too good in the UK. I didn’t think there was going to be racing at all.
“But things change and I’m happy to get two clubs sorted and I just hope that everything will take place as planned.”
As for his new challenge with Birmingham – where he scored a maximum for Redcar in 2019 in his only previous Perry Barr visit – he added: “It’s going to be a new challenge for me as it’s a new club.
“I rode at Birmingham once before and scored a maximum so I think the track will suit me.”
It’s tapes up for armchair viewers in Britain this weekend. PAUL BURBIDGE caught up with Premier Sports’ Dave Goddard...
T WAS a bleak 2020 for British speedway as the coronavirus pandemic destroyed the UK season. Fortunately, fans on these shores found solace in Premier Sports’ Polish Ekstraliga and Swedish Elitserien coverage.
IThe Ekstraliga was the only professional speedway action running anywhere in the world until the Elitserien launched a shortened season in early August and the Speedway Grand Prix series finally got underway later that month.
The Poles are first away from the tapes again, defying the country’s
Covid-19 surge to get started behind closed doors, with Premier
Sports offering live coverage of two meetings on Sunday –
followed by Tuesday and Thursday action in the Elitserien from May 4.
Their Polish offering starts with Torun versus Zielona Gora from 3.30 pm and is closely followed by a re-run of last year’s play-off final from 6.15 pm as champions Leszno host Gorzów – a meeting featuring Bartosz
Zmarzlik, Emil Sayfutdinov, Jason Doyle, Martin Vaculik and Anders Thomsen – a third of the entire SGP field.
Commentator Dave Goddard (pictured left) remains Premier Sports’ voice of speedway and, after a hectic summer of continental action in 2020, he can’t wait to cover more racing from this weekend.
He said: “After such a crazy season last year when it finally did get going, it has been nice to have a rest over the winter with everything being so intense and crammed into half a season. But I, like everyone else, am raring to go.
“Everyone can see some Ekstraliga action via our coverage, which is a big bonus for UK fans. It’s nice that they get to see some racing before the UK
season starts in May.”
Goddard has been commentating on speedway for the Irish broadcaster since they first televised Swedish racing in 2012, but he has followed the shale sport closely for much longer.
He said: “I was a fan of speedway from birth. I’m told I was taken to my first meeting before I was born. My parents are Birmingham fans. We followed Wolverhampton home and away speedwaystar
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