OXFORD Spires have signed two-time World Longtrack champion Erik Riss.

The 28-year-old former German champion replaces Nicolai Klindt, who made four appearances for the Spires.

Riss is set to make his debut on Thursday evening at Ipswich Witches, a club he represented in British Speedway’s top flight for the past two seasons.

Riss arrives with notable experience in the UK, with honours including the 2019 Riders’ Championship, the 2022 Premiership Pairs, and the 2023 Premiership KO Cup.

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Spires team manager Peter Schroeck said: “Erik is really keen and has worked awfully hard on his fitness during the winter, so it goes without saying we’re happy to have him onboard.

“He’s been a top rider at Championship level for many years and has established himself in the Premiership too.

“He has a great track record so we’re looking forward to having Erik in our corner on Thursday at Ipswich, which is a track he knows well.

“I’d also like to thank Nicolai for his service to the club this year. It’s always tough to make changes, but we’re looking to the future and Nicolai leaves with our very best wishes.”

Riss is set to make his home debut next Thursday, when Spires host King’s Lynn Stars.

He said: “I’m pleased to sign for Oxford, which is a club I’ve enjoyed visiting since the track reopened in 2022.

“There’s always a real buzz at Sandy Lane so be in the home end of the pits will be special, and I’m looking forward to meeting our supporters when King’s Lynn visit next week.”