King's Lynn Stars skipper desperate to be involved in 2020 Grand Prix
Stars skipper Robert Lambert is desperate to be involved in the 2020 Monster Energy FIM World Speedway Championships.
A fractured T4 and T5 vertebrae ruled the Lynn ace out of rounds five and six of this year’s event.
The Norwich-born racer suffered the injury just over a lap into his opening ride at the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Togliatti, Russia, last month.
It meant Lambert missed both the BETARD Wroclaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland and the Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Malilla, Sweden.
The 21-year-old has thus dropped to 16th in the World Championship standings – seven points behind British compatriot Tai Woffinden and 30 behind eighth-spot Artem Laguta. But Lambert is still keen to stake his claim for a spot in next year’s GP series.
He told speedwaygp.com: “I’m still viewing this year as a free hit, and I’m still getting the feel of the Grand Prix series. The aim is to reach the top eight, but I have missed a couple of Grand Prixs and that has made reaching the goal hard.
“For me now, I’m going to enjoy it and soak up the atmosphere. I still want to get my point across that I want to be racing at this level next season and be in the series in 2020.
“I’m looking forward to Cardiff, which last year wasn’t great for me. It’s a great opportunity for me to go and race in front of my home fans.”
Lambert, who recorded four points from last weekend’s AZTORIN German FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Teterow, tackles the Danish GP on Saturday (Sep 7), and admits to still struggling with his injury.
He added: “It’s not ideal to come back half-fit. Sometimes it can work in your advantage, you’ve got nothing to lose and can really go for it.
“That’s what I’m aiming to do. It’s great to be back on the bike – I’m still struggling a bit with my health and fitness.
“But if I didn’t come back now, I wouldn’t be back all year. I’m here to give it a good crack and try and finish the season strong.”