Menu
Card image cap

LAMBERT'S LAST STAND FOR YOUNG LIONS

Great Britain racer Dan Bewley says the Young Lions must make the most of Robert Lambert’s last shot at FIM Team Speedway U21 glory.

12 / 07 / 2019, 11:52

Great Britain racer Dan Bewley says the Young Lions must make the most of Robert Lambert’s last shot at FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship glory in Manchester tonight.

The duo line up for their country against Poland, Denmark and Australia with Bewley and Lambert joined by Sheffield shooting star Drew Kemp, Glasgow and Belle Vue Colts racer Kyle Bickley and reserve Leon Flint.

Defending champions Poland start the night as red-hot favourites with a team featuring World Under-21 champion Bartosz Smektala, 2017 junior champion Maksym Drabik and this year’s World Under-21 joint series leader Dominik Kubera.

We won’t get a rider that strong for a few more years probably. There are some new ones coming through now, but this could be our best chance for a couple more years now.

Dan Bewley

The Danes also have no shortage of international experience as they track the likes of Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations international Frederik Jakobsen and Patrick Hansen. And the Aussies are led by Belle Vue Aces prospect Jaimon Lidsey – a back-to-back national junior champion.

The Young Lions won bronze at Danish track Slangerup last year without Lambert, who was racing in a Speedway European Championship round. So they will be keen to capitalise on having him in their ranks before he becomes ineligible for under-21 competition next year.

Bewley said: “We won’t get a rider that strong for a few more years probably. There are some new ones coming through now, but this could be our best chance for a couple more years now. Hopefully, I can only do my best and we’ll see what happens.

“We did well last year in Denmark. But we didn’t have Rob. He couldn’t do it, which was a bit of a shame. Maybe having Rob will make the difference and we can pull off some kind of result this time.”

Bewley is well known for his high-riding heroics around the National Speedway Stadium.

Effort is never in short supply when the sport’s top youngsters battle it out, and Bewley knows the Manchester track will reward his Young Lions if they take the fight to their rivals.

“It’s not very often you see a rider throw the kitchen sink at it and not get any points,” Bewley said. “If we want it, we’ll get it.”

Bewley isn’t expecting to enjoy too much home advantage. He said: “Belle Vue is a pretty good track to go to for anyone. I don’t think home advantage matters as much as it does at some other tracks. But if there’s any advantage we can have, we’ll take it.”

MANCHESTER LINE-UP:

Great Britain: Robert Lambert (captain), Dan Bewley, Drew Kemp, Kyle Bickley, Leon Flint. Team Manager: Neil Vatcher.

Australia: Jaimon Lidsey (captain), Jordan Stewart, Matthew Gilmore, Kye Thomson, Zach Cook. Team Manager: Mark Lemon.

Denmark: Frederik Jacobsen (captain), Patrick Hansen, Mads Hansen, Jonas Jeppesen, Tim Sorensen. Team Manager: Henrik Moller.

Poland: Maksym Drabik, Dominik Kubera (captain), Wiktor Lampart, Bartosz Smektala, Michal Gruchalski. Team Manager: Rafal Dobrucki.

Photo: Taylor Lanning

Card image cap

PEDERSEN'S SHEFFIELD SURPRISE

Danish icon Nicki Pedersen was convinced his British speedway career was behind him before getting the call to join Sheffield for 2020.

Card image cap

DOUGLAS PENS WOLVES DEAL

Aussie racer Ryan Douglas has been named as Wolverhampton’s first signing for 2020.

Card image cap

PEDERSEN BACK IN BRITAIN WITH SHEFFIELD

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen returns to British speedway after an eight-year absence after being snapped up by Sheffield.

Card image cap

ANLAS NAMED AS CZECH SGP TITLE SPONSOR FOR 2020

Turkish tyre innovator Anlas named as Czech FIM Speedway Grand Prix title sponsor for 2020.

Card image cap

CIESLAK RETAINS POLISH JOB FOR 2020

Polish team manager Marek Cieslak has extended his storied career as national boss for the 2020 season.

Card image cap

HOWARTH STAYS WITH SHEFFIELD

Sheffield star Kyle Howarth is following the club into the SGB Premiership after agreeing terms for 2020.

Card image cap

VOTE FOR BARTEK IN POLISH POLL

World champion Bartosz Zmarzlik has been nominated for the prestigious Polish Athlete of the Year prize for 2019 – and he needs your votes!

Card image cap

MADSEN NOMINATED FOR DANISH HONOUR

World No.2 Leon Madsen has been nominated for the Danish Sports Personality of the Year prize at the prestigious Sportsnavn awards for 2019.