PIRATES will be sweating over the fitness of number one Rory Schlein as he crashed out while guesting for King’s Lynn in the SGB Premiership on Thursday.

The Aussie racer fell in heat six as Peterborough sealed a 54-36 win over the Stars at the Adrian Flux Arena.

Schlein was taken to hospital for checks on his chest and neck.

Peterborough boss Rob Lyon said: “The meeting was soured by Rory’s injury, and we just hope he’s okay after going off to hospital.”

Stars manager Peter Schroeck said: “The boys gave it their all and we were only two down, but then we lost our number one and we just didn’t have enough in the tank.

“Rory’s crash was one of those awkward ones more than anything, and then he got hit by his bike.

“Then it was a bit of a nightmare, to have a rider laying injured in an ambulance and two other riders just coming back from injuries who had to take extra rides for him, but we can only try our best and it just wasn’t meant to happen.”

British champion Schlein had only just returned from a leg injury sustained when riding for Pirates at Glasgow last month.