20th July 2020
The Young Lions Management received some good and bad news on Friday regards the FIM European Under 21 Qualifier which is taking place at Divisov in the Czech Republic on the 1st August.
Having already nominated Dan Bewley as Britain’s sole representative, the FIM confirmed that GB had been awarded an extra place due to one of the allocated nominees withdrawing from the event.
Within hours of receiving the extra allocation, news filtered out that Dan Bewley had crashed when in Poland and received a damaged shoulder, which is expected to keep him out of action for at least four weeks.
Young Lions boss Neil Vatcher now needed to organise two riders, in an event that takes place in two weeks’ time.
Vatcher explained, with both Leon Flint and Kyle Bickley missing out on a place in the European Under 19 qualifiers, they were offered the place at Divisov, with Flint taking up the nomination but unfortunately Bickley declined the offer due to lack of racing in 2020
So, with still one place available Tom Brennan who is second in the current averages of British Under 21 riders behind Bewley, was offered the chance to compete and accepted the place.
Vatcher went on and said, selfishly with the FIM World Under 21 Team Final taking place in Denmark in early September, it is pleasing that with this Under 21 event and the Under 19s which is taking place two weeks later, we have five riders competing in International events prior to that meeting, to gain some valuable experience