Friday June 30, 2017
TEAM boss Lance King insists there is a much bigger picture to consider for the United States and their band of relative rookies at the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup.

King’s charges line up against the might of an Australia team containing Grand Prix aces Jason Doyle and Chris Holder and hosts Team GB led by an in-form Craig Cook in event one at King’s Lynn on Saturday (7pm).

Czech Republic will be led by another flying machine Vaclav Milik with most giving USA little hope of making an impression.

However, King’s visit to these shores has brought back memories of his time with the all-conquering Cradley side of 1983 and his third place in the World Final a year later, the kind of legacy he wants to help the current crop create.

“That’s everything and the very reason I am doing this,” said King, a former King’s Lynn rider.

“I want to see them succeed and do the best they can in the World Cup but more than that, I want them to have the experience I had, to ride in Britain.

“My time here shaped who I am and gave me the best years of my life. I came over when I was 18, all by myself to grow up in a foreign land but I had all this love from the Cradley fans.

“Thank God it was Cradley I came to because I wouldn’t have had the career I had, I know I wouldn’t have. The people were with you whether you were down or having the best of times.”

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