LYON: BJERRE SPLIT JOINT DECISION
Friday 15th June 2012, 12:43
Former Team Great Britain boss Rob Lyon says it was a mutual decision to part company with Kenneth Bjerre’s SGP team and admitted “he needs to keep things simple.”
The Dane confirmed Lyon had been stood down from Team Bjerre during a press conference prior to the FIM Dansk Metal Danish SGP.
The rider had been unhappy with his whole pit crew’s performance up to that point and is currently just 14th in the World Championship on 25 points from five rounds.
Bjerre has opted to slim down his team for the rest of the series, with his father Ivan Jensen and mental coach Erik Ostenkjaer set to be by his side for the duration.
The Esbjerg-born star felt he had too many voices in his ear during meetings and Lyon admits he was struggling to make a difference. He feels going back to basics could be the way forward for his former King’s Lynn charge.
"He has to be comfortable with who has around him. Itâ€™s his racing and his results can be dictated by the people he has around him."
- Rob Lyon
He said: “I said to him ‘it’s your decision, I’m happy to continue, but I want to make a difference if I’m going to be there. At the moment, I don’t think I can.’ He agreed and we were open and honest with each other. That’s pretty much where it was from my point of view.
“He needs to keep things simple, get his head sorted and right and get back to basics really. He needs to get to a point where he is enjoying his GPs again and put himself in a situation where he is confident and challenging at the top end of the standings.
“I think once he has done that and gets himself into that situation, I’m sure he’ll want to review the situation as far as our relationship goes.”
While riders may appoint a team manager for their SGP crew, they always have the ultimate say on who’s in their corner.
Lyon said: “He has to be comfortable with who has around him. It’s his racing and his results can be dictated by the people he has around him.
“You have to be comfortable about that and it’s not my decision. It’s Kenneth’s really.”
Despite things not working out between Bjerre and Lyon in the World Championship, the Stars team manager remains on good terms with the Danish international and hopes he turns things around.
He said: “I don’t think anyone expected him to be in the position he is faced with in terms of the GP.
“You don’t go into it on that basis. You go into it looking to improve on where you are, which was the whole idea of bringing me in. It hasn’t worked out for him, which is disappointing for everybody really.
“It has proved to be a difficult situation. But we’ll see what happens. Hopefully his form will improve over the next few GPs, he’ll feel better about himself, get back on track and take it from there.”
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