Norfolk has a new world champion as King's Lynn rider leads Great Britain to gold
Norfolk has a new world champion today with King’s Lynn hero Robert Lambert leading Great Britain to the gold medal in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations in Manchester.
Lambert, who rode for both the King’s Lynn National Development League team and their Premiership side before moving to Poland, was in stunning form alongside the young Belle Vue talent to pip Poland to gold.
Bewley was in for injured triple world champion Tai Woffinden who had crashed out of Day 1 of the final on Saturday.
After coming through the last chance race-off against Denmark, they knew avoiding last last place in the final would hand them the world title.
But in the first lap Bewley was at the back until Poland’s Maciej Janowski got in a tangle behind team mate Bartosz Zmarzlik and the British boys won the race 5-4.
The last time GB struck gold was in the World Team Cup Final in 1989 when none of this year’s winning team were born.
And Lambert says he will remember the winning moment for the rest of his life.
He said: “We have had a hard weekend with Tai getting injured. But obviously we had a strong guy to come into the team in Dan.
“I was born in 1998. It’s the first time in my lifetime that I have seen Great Britain as world champions, apart from Woffy being a world champion as an individual.
"It’s a great feeling and I am going to treasure this gold medal for as long as I live.
“We did it with such a young team as well. Me and Dan went out and did the business in the last race at such a high level against the two best Poles in the world. It’s such a great feeling for us and also GB. I am very, very proud of everyone involved.”
Monster Energy Final combined scores
1 Great Britain 64: Robert Lambert 32, Tai Woffinden 14, Dan Bewley 11, Tom Brennan 7.
Grand Final Qualifier: Lambert, Madsen, Bewley, Michelsen: GB win 6-3.
Grand Final: Zmarzlik, Lambert, Bewley, Janowski: GB win 5-4.