Staech­mann’s de­lighted Bach’s back

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports -

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.”

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