Joonas back in fast lane after collarbone injury

Joonas Kylmakorpi is back to full fitness
Joonas Kylmakorpi is back to full fitness

Joonas Kylmakorpi is firing on all cylinders as he prepares to make his return to the Eastbourne Eagles line-up at the end of the month.

The Eagles’ number one has been out of action since the second meet of the season when he cracked his collar bone and damaged his shoulder socket after a crash on the first bend of heat one against Kings Lynn.

However, after a delayed recovery, he is finally fit and in fine form following a string of successes across Europe while the Eagles enjoy a break from Elite League action.

It means team manager Trevor Geer could have a full-strength squad available for the meet against Lakeside on June, 25 for the first time since March, 28.

He said, “I just hope they all steer clear of injury between now and the Lakeside meet because I really look forward to being able to put out a full team.

“It’s been three months since I’ve been able to do that.

“The riders are all performing really well across Europe. Joonas, in particular, won the opening round of the world long track GP series in Finland last week and he races in another one in Norway this Saturday.

“He’s fully recovered and is in superb form now. I just can’t wait to have him back performing for us.”

Elsewhere on the continent, Lewis Bridger is due to participate in a GP qualifying round this weekend while Lukas Dryml is racing in Czechoslovakia.

Timo Lahti continues to impress here in England, putting in an impressive shift when he guested for Poole against Swindon last week.

Geer said, “Timo is really on fire at the moment. He won that meet for Poole on Wednesday. If he wasn’t riding, I don’t think they would have won.

“He’s going great guns at the moment.”

Simon Gustafsson has also recovered from the slight hand injury he suffered when competing in a GP qualifier a couple of weeks ago and is expected to return to the track before the meet at Arlington later this month.

The Eagles will be looking for revenge against the Lakeside Hammers after they took full points from the Eagles when the teams met on Good Friday earlier this season.

The meet is due to be televised live on Sky Sports and the organisers at Arlington have announced a new Meal Offer which will entitle spectators to a free meal from one of the stadiums three food outlets with a voucher received on admission through the turnstile.