King's Lynn Stars rider out to put Great Britain disappointment behind him
King’s Lynn Stars rider Robert Lambert has vowed to put behind him the disappointment of Great Britain’s result in the Speedway of Nations Final.
Lambert was handed the captain’s armband after triple World Champion Tai Woffinden suffered a broken bone in his hand a fortnight earlier.
Russia won the title for the third successive year on a miserable night in Lublin which saw GB finish sixth of the seven nations.
The meeting was abandoned after a crash involving Sweden’s Freddie Lindgren as conditions got worse.
It was also a disappointing night for Norfolk boy Lambert personally as he was excluded twice for touching the tapes.
He said: “It was definitely a tough one. I made a big mistake in the first one and messed that up.
“But you’ve got to try and put that behind you. The track was getting progressively worse with the rain coming down.
“We tried to fix things with the bike to make it faster and get off the start because that was crucial.
“Obviously I touched the tapes again. It was a big shame for us. I know we could have done better.”
Lambert has paid tribute to the leaders of the GB team franchise who run the national team.
“A big thanks to Rob Painter for all that he’s doing for Great Britain for getting us out there with the big set-up we’ve got and all the sponsors that we’ve got,” he said.
“Also a big thanks to the fans in the UK for cheering us on. I’m just a bit sorry for the bad night. This happens and you learn from it.”
He admits the conditions were far from ideal after persistent rain on Friday into Saturday.
He said: “Even before practice there was just a lot of slush on top, underneath was dry. We were hoping after practice we’d be OK but then it started to rain again and the hard inside line got really greasy.
“But we went there with a young team and that’s going to be good experience for us all.”