Staechmann’s delighted Bach’s back
PANTHERS co-boss Jan Staechmann is backing Rene Bach to overcome his 2011 injury hell.
The Danish talent saw his progress in the sport halted by a broken leg suffered in April.
He did briefly return to the saddle in August but further complications soon brought a forgettable campaign to a premature end.
But that didn’t stop Panthers chiefs handing their asset a doubling-up spot alongside countryman Lasse Bjerre for next season.
Bach will also operate at Premier League level for Workington (where he will form a classy top two partnership with fellow Panthers man Richard Lawson) and Staechmann is convinced he will quickly get back to his best.
The club’s new joint team manager said: “I’m pleased that we’ve got Rene back with us again as I feel he is really going to go places in the sport.
“A lot of people have written him off, but I think that is wrong because a rider like that will always bounce back after an injury as he is so hungry to succeed.
“He’ll naturally need time to find his feet again, but after the winter break he’ll start on equal terms with everyone else and I’m sure he’ll be fine.”
And Bach, who had his first-ever taste of British speedway with Peterborough back in 2009 when still a schoolboy, is not the only rider Staechmann expects to impress next season.
He also believes rising Swedish star Linus Sundstrom can pick up from where he left off following a fine debut season in Peterborough colours in 2011.
Sundstrom was a solid and consistent scorer home and away in his first full-time Elite League campaign and will have plenty of responsibility on his shoulders as the club’s second-highest averaged rider in 2012.
Staechmann added: “We have Kenneth Bjerre as the spearhead and Linus has the task of picking up the second heat-leader role. I have no doubts he can thrive on the extra responsibility and do the job.
“He had a tremendous debut season for the club and although I’ve never worked with him before, I have known him for a number of years through the various Under 21 rounds and championships.
“We’ve met each other at a number of tracks when I’ve been working for Denmark and he is a very nice guy. He’s extremely professional who goes about his business in a quiet efficient manner.
“I was really impressed with how he did this year and there is still more to come from him. He can go a long way in the sport.
“All-in-all we have a very solid Peterborough side in place for the new season and I like it very much.
“It’s a young team with each rider having plenty of potential to improve their starting averages.
“If a number of them can do that then we can have a very good season.”