Stars boss Chapman sees difference as riders get in shape for new season
King’s Lynn Stars chief Keith Chapman says he has seen significant improvement in his riders during their performance management programme.
The initiative is part of a new wave of changes behind the scenes at the Adrian Flux Arena, with riders being put through their paces at training camps ahead of the new season, which starts on April 4.
Chapman, Stars owner and chairman of the British Speedway Promoters Association, said: “The dedication and commitment to the training programme could not have been better evidenced than when, at 8.30 on Saturday morning, eight of the nine riders, including two Young Stars, had safely navigated their way through the snow to join the team training camp at the Adrian Flux Arena.
“Despite his very best efforts Thomas Jorgensen was not able to beat the snow drifts that even snow ploughs couldn’t budge near to his home.
“The training camps, combined with the ongoing performance management, do represent a significant investment in time and money by the club but they are commitments I am prepared to make, especially when we can already see such positive change.”
The club described the riders’ commitment to the programme and their fitness as ‘mighty’, but say there is still work to be done on muscle form and reaction times.
There were improvements between camp one and camp two including 8% improvement in both skin fold measurements and body weight improvements; 3% improvement in reaction tests across the squad while there was a 13% improvement in hydration levels.
Co-promoter Robin Brundle added: “This weekend we have seen the start of the transition from a group of successful speedway riders into a team of speedway riders in search of success again in 2018.
“ The work ethic and dedication of the riders to achieve personal improvement is comparable with anything found in top-flight sport.
“ There is still work to be done and improvements to be made by the time we reach training camp three on March 24-25.
“The biggest gap to close is in reaction times and the leadership are now assessing how we will accelerate this programme.”