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Defending champion pleased that his early-season troubles are behind due to contaminated bike supplies

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Defending champion Robert Lambert goes into tomorrow’s British Under-21 Final at Berwick fuelled by thoughts his early-season speedway troubles are behind him – all because of some contaminated bike supplies.

By his lofty standards the King’s Lynn Stars number one struggled in some early meetings, with 4+3 points at home to Poole being a prime example.

But 21-year-old Lambert, after a thorough examination of his equipment, is firing back on all cylinders and racking up double-figure scores, as he demonstrated when posting 10+1 in the win over Ipswich Witches and 13 at Peterborough on Monday.

Robert Lambert on one wheel.. (8363554)
Robert Lambert on one wheel.. (8363554)

The Norfolk racer explained: “I felt I was great. I had a sponsor who supplied me with some fuel in Poland.

“Abroad it was fine but here, I don’t know why – maybe the drum was contaminated, or something like that.

“It was totally wrong and I obviously had the engine serviced before the season, although in the first two home meetings I could tell something was wrong with the engine and thought it was down to the fuel.

“So I had to take it back to get serviced and it’s messed the whole engine up, pretty much.

“I’ve spent heaps of money on two engine services for two meetings but obviously I’ve felt much better here (home to Ipswich) and at Poole.

“It’s easy to race when you’ve got a good engine under you. I had one of the best scores I had at Poole in the league so I was pleased with that. I felt much better.”

The Adrian Flux Arena skipper added of his mental approach: “I think I need to be a bit more relaxed on the bike.

“I was a little bit tense, especially when I was chasing Danny King.

“It was awesome and the other guys had some good scores as well.”

Norwich-born Lambert paid tribute to illness-stricken team manager and co-promoter Dale Allitt, who guided Lynn to two finals last season.

He added: “We were trying to race a lot for Dale.

“He sort of knows how we all work and you can see the results last year with Dale.

“We tried to get the best result even though he’s not there.”

Ex-Lynn rider Ryan Kinsley, now at Scunthorpe, is also in the line-up at Berwick (7pm start) where Lambert is the hot favourite.

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