Riss: We are back where we want to be!
Redcar’s German star Erik Riss is looking forward to Friday’s fixture against the Leicester Lions in the new Championship Jubilee League, (19:30 start) after Redcar moved back into the play-off positions with their big home win over Berwick last week.
The former Birmingham star said, “We have been in the play-off positions before this season and now we are back in the play-off positions and that’s where we want to be!”
Fans have noticed the German’s improvement in his team riding this season but the Bears heat leader has not consciously made that change, “My improvement in team riding is not something I have consciously changed. Maybe it has been noticed more because our reserves have been doing well and I will always look after the younger riders if they need help.”
The Ipswich reserve believes Redcar’s new signing Kyle Bickley will also begin to fire for the club, “I tried to give Kyle some advice on bike set-ups but I think he puts himself under a lot of pressure after his release from Berwick. I also think Kyle was a little unlucky as he trapped in his first race and he was leading until it was brought back.”
Riss has also been impressed with Redcar’s new number 2, Jason Edwards, “Jason has moved into the main body and done really well, I’ve really been impressed with him.”
Redcar are again at full strength as Kyle Bickley looks to find the spark that will see him flourish for the Bears. Gavin Parr will lead the team for the very first time due to Jade Mudgway’s impending holiday back in New Zealand.
Championship leaders Leicester are without Dan Thompson who is ruled out through concussion after crashing for the Leicester Cubs in the National League last weekend, rider replacement will operate in his absence. The Lions will be hoping to turn the tables on the Bears who took a 48-42 win against the Lions when they last visited the Ecco Arena.
Redcar Agilia Bears
1 Charles Wright 9.19 (C)
2 Jason Edwards 4.28
3 Erik Riss 8.18
4 Kasper Andersen 4.97
5 Lewis Kerr 7.47
6 Kyle Bickley 3.42
7 Jordan Jenkins 3.72
TM Gavin Parr
Leicester Watling JCB Lions
1 Nick Morris 9.13
2 Connor Mountain 5.43
3 Richie Worrall 8.53
4 Rider Replacement for Dan Thompson 4.97
5 Kyle Howarth 8.47 ©
6 Max Clegg 4.52
7 Joe Thompson 3.92
TM Stewart Dickson