Lynn number one believes club can put Premiership Supporters’ Cup defeat behind them in latest East Anglian derby
Skipper Robert Lambert expects the King’s Lynn Stars to make a better fist of travelling to East Anglian rivals Ipswich Witches on Monday in their Premiership derby.
The number one recorded an almost unheard-of second-bottom away score of 2+1 points in the Poultec Stars’ first speedway meeting of the season in the Premiership Supporters’ Cup as Lynn lost 59-31 overall at the beginning of the month.
But early season gremlins, which the 21-year-old suspects was mainly down to some contaminated fuel supplies (see last Friday’s Lynn News), seem to be behind him as he showed when top-scoring in this week’s Supporters Trophy 47-43 home win over Swindon Robins with 12+1.
The Norfolk racer said: “That’s going to be tough. We had a hard meeting in the first meeting there because I didn’t do so well and what have you.
“We want to come away with a better result than we did last time.”
Lynn are not fully-functioning but gaining results, with Lewis Kerr and Ty Proctor recording a combined 6+1 against Swindon, but Lambert expects progress.
“We’re all gelling well but we need to do it on track,” he added.
“If things aren’t working well for riders we can’t really do much about it; they just need to sort that out and find a solution, and hopefully we can crack on to winning meetings.”
Tangling with 2017 world champion Jason Doyle, one of the best riders on the planet, was also a treat last Monday.
Lambert remarked: “I ride with him in Poland and Sweden; as a team partner in Sweden. It’s great and he’s a great guy to be with as well.
“I can’t ask for much more to go elbow-to-elbow with him on the track.”
He is proud of landing a hat-trick of British Under-21 title successes at Berwick on Saturday.
“Three times is an awesome achievement for me, I’m really proud of it,” added Lambert.
“The last person to win it three times was Simon Stead in 2001 so it’s obviously great to add that to my CV.”
One of unbeaten Lambert’s opponents at Berwick was Swindon reserve Zach Wajtknecht.
Lambert added of his final and sixth ride which confirmed the U21 title: “Zach was there on the inside. I went into the dirt and there wasn’t really enough there.
"Berwick is a fairly wide track and I’d been using the dirt alright.
“They graded it before the semi-final and then the final so they took a lot of the dirt off.
“I needed to get a good shot out of the corner and get past him. I had a bit of grit and determination.
“Also this being my last year (in the competition) that’s something I’ll be proud of.”
Lynn will wait and see if reserve Kasper Andersen recovers after being ruled out of their Swindon clash with a hand injury.