By GAVIN CANEY, Sports Reporter
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Team boss Rob Lyon admits he is excited about mentoring Kenneth Bjerre during this season’s Speedway Grand Prix - but insists it will not affect his role at King’s Lynn.
Lyon will act as a tactical advisor for Bjerre during the forthcoming series, even though the 27-year-old has left the Stars to join rivals Peterborough Panthers.
The Danish rider’s former manager at the Norfolk Arena says the role will benefit both parties as Bjerre looks to improve on his seventh-placed GP finish last campaign.
Lyon said: “It’s a new challenge that I’m very excited about. I’ve been with King’s Lynn for a number of years but this is a very special opportunity to work with one of the top Grand Prix boys - it’s something I’ve always been interested in doing.
“It’ll be a nice change from being manager of a team to be able to work on a one-to-one basis with a rider at world events. Kenneth and I already work well together and have built up a good relationship.
“My main role will be to give him confidence and try and push him onto the next level. Having that trust in me when I offer advice will help him too.
“I learnt a hell of a lot about being a manager when I was in charge of Team GB. You’re always learning so if I can pick something up that can help me at Lynn during the role then that’s all well and good too.”
The Stars’ boss revealed he sought Lynn chief Buster Chapman’s approval before agreeing to manage Bjerre as he prepares to travel around the world helping a GP rider regularly for the first time.
“Buster said it’s a separate issue from running King’s Lynn so he’s been very supportive,” said Lyon.
“He said it was a good move for the both of us. Kenneth’s goal is to be world champion by 2014 and if things work out well then maybe I’ll carry on mentoring him beyond this season.
“The fact he’s not riding in the same team I manage will not be a problem. We’re both professional and when it comes to being on the opposite side of the fence - when we’re representing our clubs - we will do the best jobs we can for our teams.”
Lyon will travel to New Zealand on March 31 for the GP series opener - just three days after Lynn begin their Elite League season against Eastbourne Eagles.