20th July 2015
GB Under 21 Team Manager Neil Vatcher has named the four riders who will compete in the Under 21 World Team Cup Semi Final in Gustrow, Germany on the 22nd August.
Vatcher said, “I named the squad of eight riders ten days ago, and it was a fair comment to say that each of the eight riders deserved their place in the team.
Ever since naming the squad, it has been one of the hardest decisions for me to make, to decide which two riders would join the already selected Kyle Howarth and Robert Lambert to make up the GB Quartet.
After much deliberating, I have looked a various plus’ and negatives, and eventually have come to the conclusion of selecting Adam Ellis and Josh Bates.
I have been to Under 21 qualifiers with both Adam and Josh this season, and both teenagers rode above their years.
Adam was a fraction away from winning the European Under 21 Semi Final in France, and Josh rode at a track that is completely out of his comfort zone in Slovakia, and was competing against the very best juniors including Bartos Zmarlik, and was on the pace with the best of them.
It is particularly harsh on both Stefan Nielsen and Ashley Morris, as this season is their last chance at this level as both riders will be over 21 next season.”
Vatcher continued, “all four riders who have missed out have taken it well and wished the team good luck, and I have said to both Stefan and Ashley, that if any misfortune was to happen to the selected four, for them to be ready to step in at short notice.
It would have been really nice to have taken both Max Clegg and Zach Wajknecht with us, as the experience would have done them the world of good, but with only four places available unfortunately we don’t have that luxury of taking riders just for the experience.
Both Max and Zach’s time will come, that I have no doubt about.
So the GB Team is now complete, and we go to Germany on the 22nd August full of optimism of qualifying for our first final since 2010.”
The Young Lions Management would like to thank the following for their support and backing of the British team: Wessex Marine of Poole, ATPI Travel Management of Manchester, Motive Car Accessories, Ecco Finishing, Media Prima, BSPA and the SCB.