SWINDON Robins will look to climb from the foot of the SGB Premiership table this evening when hosting a refreshed King’s Lynn Stars side at the Abbey Stadium (7.30pm).

The Robins will be without Polish favourite Tobiasz Musielak, who continues to rest a shoulder injury that was jolted at Poole last week following a previous crash in Poland, and former reserve Zach Wajtknecht.

The Bristolian confirmed on Sunday that he will be taking a step back from speedway racing this season, after struggling for form in his early meetings with the Robins and Birmingham.

Paul Starke will step in to fill Wajtknecht’s void, while rider replacement will be operated for Musielak.

Team manager Alun Rossiter’s decision to draft in Starke has been made with a view to the possibility of signing the Hereford-born slider on a permanent basis. However, the Robins chief’s options still remain open.

He added: “Paul (Starke) is in the running to replace Zach (Wajtknecht).

“He could potentially be signed. But I’m not rushing at the moment, there are a few options there.

“I want to make sure I get things right. We don’t like making changes for the sake of it.

“This is a change we have been forced into, but fingers crossed we’ll be set from here.”

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Rasmus Jensen following his sensational home debut against Poole Pirates last Monday.

The Danish talent raced to 14+1 from six rides, earning paid wins in his first three races in Robins colours. Rossiter admitted he can’t recall seeing such an eye-catching debut at the Abbey, and is delighted to finally have the Holstead-based rider on board.

“We’re going to be up against it tonight without Tobiasz (Musielak), but Troy Batchelor, Adam Ellis and Rasmus Jensen will get a ride each,” said Rossiter.

“If they can pick up seven or eight points and the other boys do their job then I’m confident.

“I can’t remember a debut like Razza’s (Rasmus Jensen) for a long time. The way he attacked the track and got on with it, even though conditions weren’t perfect, was pretty impressive.

“Maybe I should’ve signed him a couple of years ago – it’s one of those things. He’s on the team now, and as I’ve said before I’ll only make changes when I know the team can be improved.

“You can’t cut corners or get away with sub-standard equipment in the Premiership.

“You can tell below-par equipment from the moment a rider turns up. Some riders have got the care and eye to detail – you can tell if a bike is ready the moment you see it.”

Work on the track has been carried out since last Monday’s visit of Poole too.

Riders voiced their disappointment regarding the racing surface, and Rossiter has since voiced his confidence that conditions will be improved.

He said: “We’ve worked on the track slightly different to how we normally do it, fingers crossed it should be okay for Thursday.”

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Musielak R/R, Rasmus Jensen, Adam Ellis, Troy Batchelor, Ellis Perks, Paul Starke.

KING’S LYNN: Robert Lambert, Michael Palm Toft, Ty Proctor, Thomas Jorgensen, Craig Cook, Simon Lambert, Lewis Kerr.