Speedway: King's Lynn deserve play-off spot, says Rob Lyon

King's Lynn Stars Team Manager Rob Lyon
Lyon left his role as the GB team boss in February after two years in charge

King's Lynn Stars merit a place in the Elite League play-offs come the end of the season, according to team manager Rob Lyon.

The Stars returned to the Elite League this year and currently sit second, just one point ahead of Eastbourne and Lakeside.

"The boys deserve to make [the play-offs]," Lyon told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"They've put a lot of effort in all year and exceeded expectations for the first year back in the top flight."

He added: "It would be a real shame for everyone involved if we didn't make [the play-offs] now as we've been in the top four virtually all season."

The top four qualify for the play-offs and despite their lofty league position, other teams have games in hand over the Stars, including Peterborough, whom they play home and away before the end of the season.

"[Peterborough meetings] are like six-pointers in football terms," said the manager.

"We need to make sure we beat them at home at the very least and that's another match knocked off their schedule."

One of the highlights of King's Lynn's season has been the form of Polish rider Mads Korneliussen, who scored his first 15-point maximum of the season in Monday's meeting with Wolves.

"[Korneliussen] must be the buy of the season," Lyon remarked.

"He is definitely rider of the year in for King's Lynn my opinion."