The per­fect Christ­mas presents for Law­son

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By MARK PLUM­MER mark.plum­mer@jpress.co.uk

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.

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