King’s Lynn’s Lambert receives World Cup call-up

Rob Lambert in Speedway Under-21 World Championship Final ANL-160619-070652009
Rob Lambert in Speedway Under-21 World Championship Final ANL-160619-070652009

As expected, King’s Lynn Stars rider Robert Lambert has been named in the Great Britain squad for the 2016 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Final in Manchester on Saturday, July 30.

The winners of each qualifying event plus the Race Off join Great Britain in the Monster Energy SWC Final in Manchester on Saturday, July 30.

The Lions will be captained by double world champion Tai Woffinden, with the squad also featuring SGP racer Chris Harris, new British champion Danny King, plus Cardiff track reserves Steven Worrall and Robert Lambert.

With nine countries, featuring 13 of the 15 FIM Speedway Grand Prix riders between them as well as a host of other international superstars, the Monster Energy SWC is set to be one of the top weeks on the world speedway calendar.

The action gets underway with Event 1 at Danish track Vojens on Saturday, July 23, when hosts Denmark tackle six-time winners Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic.

Denmark will be determined to bounce back from their Final heartbreak at Vojens last summer with a squad featuring Lynn’s five-time national champion Niels-Kristian Iversen.

Sweden launch their title defence on home shale in Event 2 at Vastervik on Tuesday, July 26, when they face Australia, the USA and Germany. In the USA squad is Lynn Young Stars rider Scott Campos.

The second and third-placed teams in Events 1 and 2 advance to the Race Off, also in Manchester, on Friday, July 29. The winners of that showdown complete the Final line-up.

For Events 1 and 2, each country must select four riders plus one under-21 reserve to make up their final side. The final teams will be revealed two weeks before the meeting.

Team line-ups for the Monster Energy SWC Race Off and Final can be declared no later than 30 minutes after practice in Manchester, giving team managers the option to make changes from the opening events and see who impresses on the National Speedway Stadium circuit.

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l Team manager Rob Lyon says the form of reserve rider Simon Lambert fully justifies the decision to let him have a run in the King’s Lynn Stars team.

The Roger Warnes Transport Stars suffered a second Elite League home defeat of the season last week against Coventry.

However, Lincolnshire’s Lambert is relishing the situation and scored 9+2 points versus the Bees.

Lyon said of whether the Boston-born racer justified his spot: “Without doubt.

“He’s been racing so well for Peterborough and has been in double-figure scores in 10 or 11 meetings. It’s been a no-brainer to give him a run.”