30th May 2016
The GB Under 21 Team have been rocked by an injury to World Under 21 Finalist Adam Ellis, ahead of the World Under 21 Team Cup Semi Final in in Holsted Denmark in just five days time.
Adam crashed riding for Poole at Swindon in the Elite League on the Bank Holiday afternoon and broke his collarbone.
GB Under 21 Team Manager Neil Vatcher said, “I honestly can not believe our luck, for the 2nd year running we have had one of our top riders having to withdraw with less than a week to go through an injury, with Adam who has been in sensational form breaking his collarbone on Monday, and recently qualifying for the World individual Under 21s. This is exactly the same as happened last year when Robert Lambert had to withdraw with less than a week to go!
This is devastating news to loose Adam, as I was out in the Czech Republic with him for his Under 21 Semi Final just over a week ago, and he was unreal, and for sure would have been a real threat in Denmark on Saturday.
But unfortunately we all know that injuries are part of the game, and it’s no good sulking about it, it is up to me to pick the boys up and get them focused on Saturday night, and we must believe that as a nation we are still good enough to qualify.”
With Adam now being ruled out, this gives an opportunity to Zach Wajknecht who will now travel to Denmark to replace Adam in the team.
Vatcher continued, “I heard about Adam’s injury driving home from Scunthorpe on Monday afternoon and got straight on the phone to Zach and his Dad Kevin, and without question they agreed to go, and within minutes on making the phone call were already organising not only themselves, but also their equipment ready for Zach’s biggest night of his speedway career.
Zach’s history riding in Europe on the Grass and Long Track is 2nd to none, and now Zach has a massive opportunity to make his name on the World Stage in Speedway as well.”
Vatcher concluded, “after the stress of Adam’s injury, I know that all the boys, Robert, Max Clegg and Zach still have meetings this week right up until Thursday, so I’m hoping all 3 guys come through with a clean bill of health, along with keeping my fingers crossed that Josh Bates who also picked up a shoulder injury only last Thursday riding for Sheffield makes a full recovery in time for Saturday”.