King's Lynn skipper says fitness will stand colleague in good stead for Speedway of Nations international clash
King’s Lynn skipper Lewis Kerr says match fitness will stand Stars team-mate Robert Lambert in good stead for this weekend’s Speedway of Nations international clash.
Norfolk ace Lambert joins triple world title holder Tai Woffinden in Poland along with the Great Britain squad of Jordan Palin, Dan Bewley and Drew Kemp; the latter duo designated as under-21 riders.
Apart from perhaps his family and long-serving Minors & Brady co-promoter Dale Allitt, not many people in speedway know the 22-year-old better than Dersingham-based rider Kerr.
The pair have ridden together since the early half of the past decade, firstly for the King’s Lynn Young Stars and now for the senior side.
Current European champion Lambert has been camped on the mainland during the coronavirus-hit 2020 campaign while shining in Poland and Sweden, so will be just as prepared as anyone else for the prestigious two-day event.
Kerr says this could work in his team-mate’s favour, stating: “Robert has had a fantastic year and he has managed to get it all going right.
“You have just got to keep that going and build on that. It’s the same for all of us: you build on those factors and build on the season you’ve had and try to make sure the next one is better.”
Thirty-year-old Kerr appreciated the Norwich-born rider’s starring role this year, but said the opposition will be tough: “It’s been a help no end - the bike fitness is still there,” Kerr continued.
“It’s going to help, but then the other riders will be in the same situation. But Robert will be fresh and ready for it.”
Kerr gave some insight into why the rider nicknamed Ruthless is line for international titles, whereas most professional colleagues are not.
He said: “I rode with Robert for the Young Stars for years. Obviously he is a very naturally talented rider. He has got good backing from his parents, he’s got good sponsors and good equipment and there’s his mental strength.
“I don’t think it’s anything in particular with Robert, just the mix of it all. You watch what he does in the pits with things like set-ups and you hope perhaps you can do the same.”
GB will battle in Lublin for the 2020 Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations final against the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Australia, Denmark and Sweden tonight and tomorrow.