British boss: King’s Lynn Stars rider Lambert is favourite for U21 final

Kings Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Robert Lambert ANL-140316-191631002
Kings Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Robert Lambert ANL-140316-191631002
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The roster for the speedway British Under-21 Final at Sheffield next Thursday (April 14) is full of Lynn riders.

The draw has been made for the showdown – and meeting favourite, King Lynn Stars 18-year-old Robert Lambert, is at No.6.

King's Lynn Young Stars Speedway Press and Practice Day at The Norfolk Arena, Saddlebow.

Ryan Kinsley in action ANL-160330-172741009

King's Lynn Young Stars Speedway Press and Practice Day at The Norfolk Arena, Saddlebow. Ryan Kinsley in action ANL-160330-172741009

Three other Lynn riders are involved: Ryan Kinsley, new signing Nathan Greaves and Josh Bailey from the Young Stars.

Home ace and former winner Josh Bates will appear in Heat 1 as he has been drawn at No.3, while 2014 runner-up Adam Ellis is at No.11.

British Youth boss Neil Vatcher said: “This draw looks to have set the meeting up as such a great event, as it is hard to single any one of the sixteen riders out.

“Robert Lambert would start as favourite based on his form of 2015, but he has not really hit the heights at this early stage of the season, and many would argue that Adam Ellis is the man in form having already scored a paid maximum in the Elite League with his new club Poole.

“And who would rule out the Sheffield whizz-kid Josh Bates, as we all have witnessed he can beat anyone on his day?

“From my perspective it is so pleasing to see so many fresh faces competing at this level, and anyone who witnessed the semi-final at Kent on Monday night could not have failed to be impressed by the likes of James Shanes, Connor Mountain and Josh Bailey, to name but a few.

“With the first round of the Mitas British Youth Championship starting this weekend, it is also an incredible story of Birmingham’s Jack Parkinson-Blackburn.

“He has come right up through the Youth Championship himself, from riding in the 125cc, to 250cc then blitzing the 500cc class last season to now competing in his first British Under-21 Final at the tender age of 15 years old, and surely the youngest rider ever to compete at this level.

“It’s now all set for a fantastic evening at the Yorkshire venue. Not only is there a British title on the line, but Great Britain also have four places available in the FIM World Under 21 semi-finals, one of which is at Belle Vue on May 21.

“There are also places up for grabs at the Under-21 World Team Cup in June, and any one of the sixteen riders that catches my eye could be in line for a call-up to compete in a semi-final, or even a place in the GB World Cup squad.”

DRAW: 1 Oliver Greenwood (Buxton), 2 Danny Phillips (Newcastle/Stoke), 3 Josh Bates (Coventry/Sheffield), 4 Ryan Kinsley (Lynn), 5 James Shanes (Kent), 6 Robert Lambert (Lynn/Newcastle), 7 Nathan Greaves (Sheffield/Lynn), 8 Josh Bailey (Scunthorpe/Lynn), 9 Jack Parkinson-Blackburn (Birmingham), 10 Zach Wajtknecht (Somerset/Birmingham), 11 Adam Ellis (Poole), 12 Danno Verge (Kent), 13 Ellis Perks (Plymouth/Eastbourne), 14 Jack Smith (Birmingham), 15 Max Clegg (Wolverhampton/Edinburgh/Cradley), 16 Connor Mountain (Mildenhall) Reserves: 17 Alfie Bowtell (Mildenhall), 18 Danyon Hume (Birmingham).

British U21 Semi-Final, Kent on Monday, top 10: 1 Shanes 15pts, 2 Mountain 11, 3 Bailey 11, 4 Phillips 10, 5 Kinsley 10, 6 Greaves 9, 7 Perks 9, 8 Verge 7, 9 Smith 7, 10 Parkinson-Blackburn 6. All qualify for British Under-21 Final at Sheffield on Thursday, April 14.