Edinburgh Monarchs sign up Riss for next season

Edinburgh Monarchs rider Erik Riss averaged 5.22 by the end of last season. Pic: Ron MacNeill

Edinburgh Monarchs rider Erik Riss averaged 5.22 by the end of last season. Pic: Ron MacNeill

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Edinburgh Monarchs’ young German rider Erik Riss has agreed terms to return to Armadale for a second spell next season.

Riss, who made his debut for the Capital outfit in March, had achieved success in the past by winning the World Longtrack title, but he’d made no secret of his desire to become a full-time speedway rider.

His first season in the blue-and-gold proved quite successful for the talented racer as he managed to increase his starting average to 5.22 by the end of the campaign and his displays were sufficient enough to earn a new deal.

Riss, right, said: “My first season turned out to be pretty good for me. It was difficult at the beginning because Armadale was such a tight track and I struggled in my first meeting and only scored one point.

“In my second match I won my first heat for Monarchs and it just got better and better after that. I had to change my style a bit but managed to do that quite quickly, and scored points from then on.”

Riss continued: “Monarchs helped me a lot to settle in and also helped with costs and it was great to be part of a team who gave me such support.”

And Riss is determined to improve further in 2016, saying: “I just want to get better. I’m a new rider to this sport and would like to improve consistently . I would like to thank Edinburgh for 
renewing my contract, I couldn’t ask for a better club.”