Thursday May 27, 2021
GERMAN hotshot Erik Riss has finally met his new Birmingham colleagues.

Riss, a shock signing in March, was at Perry Barr for the club's press and practice day ahead of the opening home meeting of the season against former club Redcar next Wednesday.

Riss, who has international experience with his country and is a World Longtrack Champion, is relishing the prospect of racing in front of the Perry Barr fans.

He said: "It was great to be at Birmingham, it was only the second time I've been there and I enjoyed it.

"We look to have a really good team and I'm looking forward to next Wednesday now and looking to put some points on the board."

Riss has admitted he had given up on hope of a British season in January - but the vaccine rollout has changed all that.

"I made a decision not to come to England in January but then I was looking how things were improving in the UK.

"I thought I had probably missed my opportunity to come back because all the teams would have been sorted out but I was pleasantly surprised when Birmingham could find room for me.

"The vaccine has saved the season in my opinion. It's what has got fans back into stadiums and it's so good to see speedway back with supporters.

"I'm sure it will be an emotional occasion next Wednesday against Redcar and I'm looking forward to riding against my old club. They've put a good team together without me and it should be a good meeting for the fans to enjoy."

Next Wednesday will be the first Perry Barr speedway action since 2019 after losing the entire 2020 season as speedway doesn't have the finances to operate without fans.

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