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British Under 21 Final Draw Has Been Made

6th April 2016

Ahead of next weeks British Under 21 Final to be held at Sheffield on Thursday 14th April the all important draw has been made.

The home support of the Sheffield Tigers will be looking out for their own favourites in the shape of Josh Bates who has been drawn at number three, and qualifier from Monday’s Semi Final Nathan Greaves gets the number seven race jacket, which means the Sheffield faithful will have someone to support in the first two heats.

The 2015 runner up and probably the favourite to take this years title Robert Lambert wears the number six, and bang in form Poole Pirate Adam Ellis will come out in heat three with the number eleven on his back.

British Youth Boss Neil Vatcher said, “this draw looks to be set up as such a great event, as it is hard to single anyone of the sixteen riders out.

Kings Lynn and Newcastle’s Robert Lambert would start as favourite based on his form of 2015, but has not really hit the heights at this early stage of the season, and many would argue that Adam Ellis is the man in form having already scored a paid maximum in the Elite League with his new club Poole, and who would rule out the Sheffield wizz kid Josh Bates as we all have witnessed he can beat anyone on his day”.

Vatcher continued, “from my perspective it is so pleasing to see so many fresh faces competing at this level, and anyone who witnessed the Semi Final at Kent on Monday night could have not been impressed by the likes of James Shanes, Connor Mountain and Josh Bailey to name but a few.

With the first round of the Mitas British Youth Championship starting this weekend, it is also an incredible story of Birmingham’s Jack Parkinson Blackburn, who has come right up through the Youth Championship himself, from riding in the 125cc, to 250cc then blitzing the 500cc class last season to now competing in his first British Under 21 Final at the tender age of 15 years old, and surely the youngest rider ever to compete at this level, after scraping through the Semi Final on Monday night”.

So with the draw being made it is now all set for a fantastic evening at the Yorkshire venue, and Vatcher concluded, “not only is there a British Title on the line, but Great Britain also have four places available in the FIM World Under 21 Semi Finals, of which one of these Semi Finals is at Belle Vue on Saturday 21st May and also places up for grabs at the Under 21 World Team Cup in June, and anyone of the sixteen riders that catches my eye could be in for a call up to compete in a Semi Final or even a place in the GB World Team Cup squad”.

The full draw is as follows –
1) Oliver Greenwood
2) Danny Phillips
3) Josh Bates
4) Ryan Kinsley
5) James Shanes
6) Robert Lambert
7) Nathan Greaves
8) Josh Bailey
9) Jack Parkinson – Blackburn
10) Zach Wajknecht
11) Adam Ellis
12) Danno Verge
13) Ellis Perks
14) Jack Smith
15) Max Clegg
16) Connor Mountain

Reserves
17) Alfie Bowtell
18) Danyon Hume

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