Four British hopefuls head off to different parts of Europe this weekend in the hope of qualifying from the FIM World Under 21 Semi Finals to qualify for the 3 round Finals later in the season.
2015 British Under 21 Champion Kyle Howarth competes in Round 1 in Pardubice Czech Republic on Friday, with Stefan Nielsen, Ashley Morris and Josh Bates all competing the next day, with Nielsen and Morris in Terranzano Italy and Bates makes the long trek to Zarnovica, Slovakia.
GB boss Neil Vatcher said, “all 4 boys have been getting ready for these events since being confirmed after the British Under 21 Final in April, and are all chomping at the bit at having the chance to qualify for the prestige of riding in not 1 but 3 World Finals.
Howarth is in top form at the moment as we all witnessed on Sky TV on Tuesday night, not only competing but beating seasoned internationals, and would rate as Britain’s best hope of making the latter stages of this competition.
The other 3 boys would be fair to say are all underdogs, but not to being taken lightly as Bates only missed out of qualification last year, after falling when leading his first ride when on the last lap, and if he had of completed the race would have competed in the latter stages of last years tournament
We all know about the British spirit and when up against it, all 4 boys can be spoilers on their day, and if their day is this weekend there is no reason why can’t have more than 1 representative in this years world finals.”
Our thanks to the BSPA and SCB for their support in this event and also Poole Promoter Gordon Pairman for supplying each of the rider’s 3 tyres to use in their Semi Finals.