13th July 2020
Belle Vue’s Dan Bewley has been confirmed as Great Britain’s sole representative in this year’s FIM European Under 21 qualifier which is to take place at Divisov in the Czech Republic on Saturday 1st August.
Young Lions boss Neil Vatcher explained, 3 qualifiers were arranged to take place 1 each in the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Finland, where GB had been allocated 3 places, but unfortunately due to Covid- 19 the qualifiers in the Ukraine and Finland have been cancelled, and now there will only be 1 qualifier which is taking place at Divisov.
The nominations have been reallocated with 10 nations being allocated 1 place including GB, and 3 other nations namely the host nation Czech Republic, Poland and Russia being allocated 2 places.
Vatcher explained it is disappointing to only have 1 place in the qualifiers, as with so much talent in the UK now with the Under 21 riders, the plan was before Covid – 19 to give as much experience in Europe to the Under 21 riders as possible as with the likes of Tom Brennan, Anders Rowe, Drew Kemp, Kyle Bickley, Leon Flint and Jason Edwards to name just a few, but it is crazy times we are in at the moment, and the safe keeping of all concerned is paramount.
When offered the 1 place it was a no brainer to put Dan’s name forward, as he has qualified for the final for the last 3 years in this competition, and only missed out on a rostrum place last autumn by 1 point.
This will be Dans last shot at this title, so I know he is determined to give it his very best shot, so he will take his place in Divisov on the 1st August and try to achieve his goal of qualifying for his 4th consecutive final and ultimately bring home the Gold medal for Britain.
The Final takes place at Nagyhalasz in Hungary on the 12th September.