The perfect Christmas presents for Lawson
RICHARD Lawson has got everything he wanted for Christmas.
The Cumbrian charger was keen to secure a return to Panthers for 2012 after some impressive outings here last season and also wanted to remain at Workington in the Premier League.
And with the festive season fast approaching, the 25 year-old former moto-cross star has seen his wishes come true.
Lawson will again share a doubling-up berth at Panthers with Dorset teenager Kyle Newman who has been borrowed from Poole for the year.
Lawson said: “It’s great to be back at Peterborough.
“I really enjoyed riding down there last season. It’s a good track and there are some terrific people involved in the club.
“I improved a lot during the course of the year and feel I can do that again in 2012.
“The make-up of the team means we are always going to have a really strong rider at reserve.
“It’s going to be Michael Jepsen Jensen at the start of the season and mine and Kyle’s job is to weigh in with as many points as we can.
“I know a lot of people have written the team off but I don’t have a problem with that. Hopefully we can enjoy proving people wrong.”
Lawson will certainly get to know Danish ace Rene Bach well next year.
Bach will share another berth in the Panthers team with Lasse Bjerre and has also been snapped up by Workington as their number one.
Lawson added: “Myself and Rene will be doing lots of meetings together and we’ll probably end up in a lot of the same races at Workington where he is number one and I’m second in the averages.”
Lawson has made magnificent progress after taking up speedway for the first time in 2008.
Last season was his best yet as he earned rave reviews in the Premier League while putting a staggering two-and-a-half points on his starting average.
And while he will again doubleup between the second tier and top flight in 2012, Lawson has designs on becoming a permanent fixture in the Elite League in the future.
He continued: “I’ve managed to improve year-on-year in speedway and need that to continue again.
“I’ve made no secret of the fact I want to be a full-time Elite League rider and what I achieve next year will determine whether that happens in 2013.”
Lawson has been under the surgeon’s knife since the conclusion of last season.
An operation to repair a shoulder problem sustained in a tumble while on Panthers duty was a success. He is now undergoing physiotherapy and hopes to be fit enough to return to the saddle in January for pre-season practice sessions.
IMPROVING ALL THE TIME: Richard Lawson.