Post by kingslynnlightning on Oct 6, 2018 11:15:14 GMT
Throughout the season we aim to bring you small snippets of information about and from our riders as they go about their business.
Tibor Nemecek has added former World Champion Michael Beijerholm to his team in readiness for this season's GP series. Tibor explained "Michael has been there and done at World Championship level and his experience will help me stay focused on my aim to be Word Champion this season. I was very happy to finish third last season but now want to move up a couple of steps on the podium and believe Michael can help me do this. I have been a bit wild and excitable in the past but he will help me stay calm i the pits between my rides."
Dean Underwood has been having some coaching from our coach Mariusz Wiacek in preparation for his first excursion into the UL. Dean said "I have been concentrating on my gating with Mariusz. My starts got better and better last season but now I am in the top flight I still need to react that little bit quicker."
Meanwhile all the junior side have been training with Mariusz. He told me to keep an eye on Sam Woodcock as he is a very exciting prospect and looks even better than Ray France did at this age.
Post by kingslynnlightning on Oct 16, 2018 20:54:38 GMT
Press and practice day was well attended last week with fans coming in for a donation to the injured riders fund. All the riders took to the track and looked to settle into the groove very nicely.
Our asset David Bedford was also out on track looking his usual stylish self. He was a bit disappointed not to be in the side this season and how he wasn't picked up by anyone else God only knows. Anyway he will be assisting me in the pits this season when he can and if he doesn't get a ride in the Euro league. Hie experience will be invaluable and he will be ready should we need to change things up at any stage.
Post by kingslynnlightning on Oct 20, 2018 9:31:26 GMT
The pre-season matches have gone pretty well with all the team getting into their stride quickly. If Tibor Nemecek can keep his early form going he will be a big player in the GPs and a proper number 1 for us. With Kenneth Krough scoring excellent points they have formed a potent partnership at numbers 1 and 2.
Kenneth had this to say after the pre-season meetings were over "I have been here at Kings Lynn for quite a while now even though I am only 22. It is time I showed what I can do at the top level. I rode in test matches for Denmark before the WTC and really want to break into the WTC team. I think I am capable of that and I also want to push for a heat leader role in the UL this season. I put a lot of money into my equipment for this season and now is the time to move my career up a level."
A quick update on Michael Plant after pulling out of the first match at Wantage. He was just a bit sore so thought it was unnecessary to carry on and risk crashing again. he rode in the second leg so all is well for the upcoming KO Cup matches with Rye.
Post by kingslynnlightning on Oct 27, 2018 10:36:07 GMT
A first class effort by the team to ease past Rye and into the next round of the KO Cup. A good draw away despite our reserves being well outscored was followed by a thumping home win. Tibor Nemecek was in scintillating form dropping just 2 points over the two legs. He was well supported by Michael Plant and Ray France. Special mention to Dean Underwood who scored a fantastic paid 12 in the home leg.
Team Captain France said "We haven't done too well in the cup in the last couple of seasons so are determined to have a good shot at it this season. With Tibor riding out of his skin it is just up to the rest of us to back him up. Myself and Michael are both looking to push on this season and want to be part of the England set up that I missed out on last season. And once Carsten (Ostenstad) gets into the groove we will be very hard to beat. We are looking forward now to the league season starting and giving a good beating to our Suffolk neighbours Newmarket."
Also this week sees the first leg of the Junior 4TT and it will be interesting to see if we have a new young star in Sam Woodcock.
Post by kingslynnlightning on Nov 3, 2018 16:25:20 GMT
Always nice to start the season with a win especially a big win over your neighbours. A 22 point victory against Newmarket was more than we could have hoped for. Tibor Nemecek and Ray France led the way with a paid maximum and full maximum respectively. They were well backed up by the rest of the team with Carsten Ostenstad looking back to his best after a slow pre-season. Ray had also scored a full maximum guesting for Bottesford so has started the season on fire. I would have had a few words had he not scored the lot for us as well! This week he will be riding against the Bullets as we look to continue our good form at their place.
The junior side started strongly finishing joint top with Rye in leg 1. Dan Ballard was in good form and had it not been for a fall from Sam Woodcock in his 3rd ride we might well have ended on top. This week sees the start of the JJ and we will be keeping a close eye on the progress of Sam and Will O'Brien as they try to make the semi-finals.
Post by kingslynnlightning on Nov 18, 2018 12:18:08 GMT
A couple of away defeats since our win in week 1 have slowed our progress a little. Both defeats were close run affairs and the hope is we will be able to take the bonus points from both matches when the home meetings come round. Tibor Nemecek has scored double figures in all 3 matches but was extremely disappointed to only score 7 points in the opening GP of the season.
He said "I can't believe I didn't even win a race! I just couldn't get out of the starts and at this level that is something you need to do because it is tough to overtake. We tried all we could with the bike but nothing seemed to work so back to the workshop we go. I will be ready for the next GP and the semi-finals are an absolute must but really it has to be a final to get me back in contention."
Sam Woodcock held his own in the first 2 JJ rounds scoring 12 and 8. That is not a bad effort for his first 2 meetings at thus level. He is learning every week and working closely with our coach Mariusz Wiacek to improve all aspects of his racing. Will O'Brien scored 6 in round 1 and will need to score more to make the semis. This week sees the 2nd leg of the Junior 4TT.
Post by kingslynnlightning on Dec 1, 2018 11:30:21 GMT
Another big home win for the Lightning this week over Tilbury. We are making The Glaven Arena a fortress at the moment and these heavy victories will stand us in good stead for bonus points in the second half of the season. all the lads scored well with the exception of Sjors Meijerlink who failed too trouble the scorers at all. Still with the top 5 looking good good we are able to carry Sjors and I am hopeful he will sort himself out soon.
Kenneth Krough has been a revelation this season scoring well in almost every meeting. He had this to say about his early season form "It is going really well so far but I know I can do better. I am enjoying riding at number 2 which I know is often a graveyard position in the team. Riding with Tibor (Nemecek) is making ride better as I need to just to keep up with him! I hope I can carry this form on for the rest of the season and help the team win some trophies."
Next week we are away to unbeaten table toppers Wolston. The guys are all up for it and it should be a cracker of a meeting. Tim has put a solid side together and they are all clicking at the moment. It will be tough but I am confident we can run them close.
Post by kingslynnlightning on Dec 10, 2018 20:46:45 GMT
We couldn't stop the Wolston Warriors unbeaten start to the season as we were put to the sword like all before. Their charge to the UL summit has been relentless. A 6 point defeat wasn't too bad but we would have liked the score to have been closer. A couple of the lads were under par and will look to be back on form this week at home to Milton Keynes.
Tibor Nemecek was our top scorer at Wolston and carried on that good form into the GP round in Denmark. He was top scorer despite finishing second in the final and his 19 points have put him joint first in the standings. He said "I was a little disappointed not to win the GP but Fillippe just dot the jump on me and I couldn't do anything to pass him. Everything went really well on the night and the team worked really hard to get the bikes set up just right. I am feeling confident for the rest of the series now."
Junior Sam Woodcock also done us proud by winning the last round of the JJ and pushing himself up the standings. He is very much on course for a semi-final spot showing his coaching has been paying off both with our coach Mateusz Wiacek and the NSSPA coaches.
Post by kingslynnlightning on Jan 18, 2019 12:28:02 GMT
A good effort by the lads to be runners-up in the UL fours. Congratulations go to Wantage for taking home the trophy. We were a bit gutted as we were ahead with 2 races to go and our top 2 Tibor Nemecek and Ray France were lining up in them. For them both to come last was both unbelievable and disappointing. They have both been fantastic this year though so we shall move on and get ready for the visit of Rye this week. Hopefully a good win will ensue and we can keep up our UL title challenge.
Tibor had another good round in the GP making the final. Unfortunately he came last but added 12 points to his total and now leads the series. He said "Things went well and the guys in the pits worked hard to get the bike ready for each race. Conditions were changing all the time but I made the final so all was good. I just didn't get out of the start in the final and from then it was hard to catch and pass the guys in front. I am happy though and would rather be where I am than anywhere else."
Post by kingslynnlightning on Feb 10, 2019 10:53:39 GMT
The last couple of weeks have seen us draw away at Teesside and win away at neighbours Newmarket......which is always especially pleasing. Sjors Meijerlink produced his best performance of the season at Teesside with paid 6 and along with our other reserve Dean Underwood (paid 7) were a huge reason for us grabbing a point.
Over at Newmarket our top 4, Tibor Nemecek, Ray France, Carsten Ostenstad and Kenneth Krough, all rode superbly to take us to a comfortable win and 3 points.
On the World scene Tibor had a fantastic win in the Finland/Norway GP and sits at the top of the GP standings. He said "Everything worked perfectly and this time I was able to make the gate in the final. I just had to ride the right line and knew nobody would catch me. My thanks to my team who worked really hard for this. Now onto the next round and hopefully another final but at the very least the semi-final."
Tibor also won the European Final in what is turning out to be his best season so far. Ray France finished 4th in the British Final and has qualified for the GP challenge semis as has Kenneth Krough and Carsten Ostenstad. We wish them all good luck.
On the junior front Sam Woodcock is back on a bike and will be riding in the next round of the JJ after his injury. It looks like we might qualify for the semi-finals of the junior 4TT. I will be keeping a close eye on the last round which we are not riding in to see if we can hold onto top spot.
Post by kingslynnlightning on Mar 15, 2019 21:17:01 GMT
A good away draw at Tilbury this week lifted us up to second in the league albeit 6 points adrift of Wolston. They look unstoppable on their march to the title but we will try to stop them in their tracks this next week by hopefully beating them at home. If we can do that and manage to steal the bonus point it will make things interesting for the final few meetings. I am confident in the lads and they are well up for giving it a go. We are hoping for a big crowd for what will be the biggest meeting of the season.
I would also like to welcome Joshua Ryan to the team. The young Aussie comes in as an asset and replaces the on loan Sjors Meijerlink. I thank Sjors for his efforts but as he was not quite averaging 3.00 thought it time to look at bringing in our own rider. It will be very tough for Joshua but the hope is he will see what it is all about and be ready for next season.
Congratulations to our junior side who have made it to the Junior 4TT final. Good luck to Sam Woodcock in next week's JJ semi-final at Leeds. He is having some training sessions with our coach Marius Wiacek before he sets off for the meeting.
Post by kingslynnlightning on Mar 23, 2019 13:01:16 GMT
The guys were on fire this week against Wolston. We were hoping to win to slow down their title march but not only did we do that but we hammered them to pick up the bonus point as well! Our top 5 were in excellent form and when young Dean Underwood chips in with paid 8 from reserve we are unstoppable.
That still leaves us 3 points behind Wolston so we are really relying on other teams to also beat them plus keep our good form going.
This week sees Tibor and Ray have a crack at the pairs championship where they have as good a chance as any. Neither of them made an impression in the ULRC. Tibor started and finished with a win but in between had horrendous bike problems and didn't even make it to the tapes for his third ride. Ray started with a last place so was always playing catch up from then on. He finished with 8 points which wasn't a bad effort in his first ULRC.
Unfortunately out top junior Sam Woodcock could not qualify for the JJ final. He will line up as first reserve but was bitterly disappointed with his riding on the day. He does have the consolation of leading the junior side in the 4TT final next week.
Post by kingslynnlightning on Apr 27, 2019 10:24:03 GMT
So here we are heading towards the final match of the season. Congratulations to Wolston for winning the league and topping the pile for most of the season. Hopefully we can beat Cup winners Teesside and finish runners-up for the third time in our history. The lads are up for it and looking to finish the season in style.
It will also give our fans a chance to give Tibor Nemecek a huge send off before he heads to Poland for the final GP and to surely be crowned World Champion. He has been the most consistent rider in the series this season and thoroughly deserves to be the Champ.
Ray France and Carsten Ostenstad both finished just outside the qualifying places for the GP Challenge which they were disappointed with. Especially Ray after his British GP triumph. He is in the frame for a wild card for the challenge but we will leave that up to the GP committee. Kenneth Krough also rode in the second semi final and scored a commendable 5 points in his first meeting at this level.
Post by kingslynnlightning on May 4, 2019 11:31:08 GMT
Some final words on a pretty successful season for us and our riders. UL runners-up for the 3rd time in 6 seasons was a great effort by the team. I a proud of their performances throughout the season. They never gave up in or pursuit of Wolston until we couldn't actually catch them and got the reward of second place.
I must congratulate Tibor Nemecek on a fantastic season. World and European Individual Champion, World Pairs Champion and top of the UL averages. Not a bad effort I think you'll agree.
Congratulations also to Ray France for qualifying for next season's GP series. If his British GP win is anything to go by he will prove a good addition to the series.
Now the hard part. Building a team for next season. We have points to shed to comply with the 45 point limit which unfortunately means a couple of riders will have to make way. What I will confirm is Tibor and Ray will be back and spearheading our challenge. I can also confirm we have purchased young Scottish rider Robbie Cormack from Richmond which we are very excited about. As for the rest we have combinations in mind it just remains to be seen if they come off.