Search continues for Kylmakorpi replacement

Eastbourne Eagles are still searching for a short-term replacement for their injured number one rider Joonas Kylmakorpi.

The Lifestyle Eagles have secured the services of Coventry’s Scott Nicholls as a guest rider for this Saturday’s meet with the Swindon Robins at Arlington but they continue to look for a more regular solution.

Changes in riders’ averages mean the Lifestyle Eagles team manager Trevor Geer has been able to approach some of the sport’s top names to come in as a temporary replacement.

Geer said: “Unfortunately, so far we have been turned down. These riders have prior commitments and are unable to change their existing commitments to come to Eastbourne either on a short-term or longer basis.”

Kylmakorpi, who was injured in the club’s second meeting of the season at King’s Lynn, was hoping to make a comeback earlier this month. However, he has now had another MRI scan with the specialist saying he will not be fit to ride for another two or three weeks.

Geer added: “I have not given up on trying to bring in someone but it is not easy. We are doing our best but so far we have not had any success.”