8th May 2017
The Young Lions Management can now confirm Great Britain’s allocations for both the 2017 FIM World Under 21 Semi Finals and the 5 Riders who will be representing GB in their Semi Final of the Under 21 World Team Cup.
GB Youth Boss Neil Vatcher explained, “GB have been allocated 3 places for the Individual World Under 21 and it will come to no surprise to anyone that Robert Lambert, Adam Ellis and Josh Bates who all qualified for last years World Finals will get another chance to qualify again in 2017.
Some of the decision making as Youth Boss is not always easy, but it is fair to say when I was told that we only had 3 places for the World Individuals there was not too much to think about as Robert, Adam and Josh would be the undisputed top 3 at this stage and they would always be the first pick to have another crack at the World Under 21 title.”
Robert and Adam will compete in Eskilstuna Sweden, with Josh travelling to Terazzano Italy, both Semi Finals are on Saturday 20th May.
If the 3 allocations for the individual was easy, then making the decision for the 5 riders who would represent GB in the Team event was not one that was easily made Vatcher explained.
“Again of course Lambert, Ellis and Bates would have a team spot but the remaining 2 places caused me a few sleepless nights, as more than 2 riders deserved a place in the team, alongside the top 3.
After looking at all riders form in all 3 leagues, and also seeing how riders coped with the pressures of both the British Under 21 semi final and final, Belle Vue and Glasgow teenager Dan Bewley will get the 4th spot for the team.”
Vatcher said, ” it is no secret how highly rated Bewley is, and he does not fear anyone which is a massive bonus.
Dan’s form this year in all 3 leagues, and especially the Premiership has been fantastic, and although he missed out on a place in the final at the British Under 21 Final, I thought he looked as fast as anyone on the night, and deserves his place in the team.”
This years event includes each team taking a reserve, who can be used at any time, so for the first time for many years GB will be taking 5 riders.
Vatcher continued, “the reserve place gave me the biggest heartache as there are 4 or 5 riders I would love to take, and even though it does not make my job easy, it is a big plus now that we have so many riders coming through the system who deserve their place representing GB.
As I said about Bewley, I have taken in account both the British Semi and Final and riders league form, and based on all that Rye House and Redcar’s Ellis Perks will get the remaining spot.
When I spoke with Perks, he was delighted and proud to represent his country, and even though he is not guaranteed any rides, he will be a massive part of the team and will be ready if called upon.
So with Robert Lambert being the captain of the Team, along with Adam Ellis, Josh Bates, Dan Bewley and Ellis Perks in reserve, I believe this is the strongest team we have had for a number of years and we are all looking forward to the 3rd June in Pocking Germany, where we will be going all out to qualify for our first World Under 21 Team Cup Final since 2010.”
Young Lions Management would like to thank Direct Digital Controls Limited and Wessex Marine for their sponsorship of the GB Team and also to the BSPA for their continued support.