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Written by John Walsh   
Saturday, 27 March 2021

erik riss.pngBIRMINGHAM have swooped to sign Erik Riss after the German star confirmed his intention to return to British racing.

Riss (pictured), who scored a 15-point maximum on his only previous appearance at Perry Barr when racing for Redcar, fills the remaining heat-leader gap for the Brummies and completes their 2021 Championship line-up. 

He said: “I’m the kind of rider who always wants to win, so coming to Birmingham I just want to play my part and win races. 

“It’s always the same whoever I ride for so if the boys in the team have the same attitude then we can win silverware, that’s for sure.”

Only 24 hours earlier Riss had performed a dramatic U-turn by announcing he will complete King’s Lynn’s Premiership line-up this season.

Riss had earlier indicated he would be sitting out British racing but admits his views have changed due to the improvement in the UK’s virus and vaccination situation.

He said: “I needed the reassurance that I was going to be able to ride this year, which is why I originally decided to go to Sweden and Denmark. 

“Since then, things have been improving in the UK and it looks a lot more positive now. 

“It looks like we’re going to get racing this year and I have always said that financially and in terms of racing, it makes sense to ride in Britain over Scandinavia.

“I hope everyone is happy with me coming back and that I didn’t upset too many people before, but the Stars management are really happy I’m coming back.” 

Meanwhile Redcar bosses insist they will remain patient as they search for a rider to complete their Championship side for the new season.

The Bears changed their plans when Erik Riss elected to focus on continental racing – a decision he has now reversed – and although various rider talks have proved unsuccessful, they believe more options may become available assuming the UK government’s ‘roadmap’ remains in place. 

Promoter Jitendra Duffill said: “The situation with Covid in Europe is poor and there is real danger that some of the European leagues will see their seasons delayed considerably.

“The option of racing in the UK may become more appealing to some riders over the next few weeks, so we believe our best option is to wait at this point. I don’t see any benefit in making a hasty decision just to get the side finished, when a little patience could see us start with a stronger side. 

“We are aware that Erik’s circumstances have now changed, but due to averages we can no longer fit him into our team unless we were to drop one of our existing riders. 

“Those riders have turned down offers at other clubs to come to Redcar - to renege on the agreements we have with them and to make them unemployed on the eve of the new season would be unjust and immoral.” 


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