15th April 2016
After a successful British Under 21 Final at Sheffield on Thursday night, as stated the success of many young riders progressing to a higher level surely can not be too far away, based on the evidence of this British Final.
The big story of course is all about Josh Bates not only winning his 2nd British Tile, but actually now being the holder of two British titles at the same time, after also clinching the British Under 19 Title at Berwick back in September.
But looking down the list, there are many success stories coming out of this British Final, with the emergence and impressive displays from the likes of Max Clegg , Zach Wajknecht, James Shanes and Nathan Greaves to name but a few.
Also the excitement of seeing riders like Jack Smith and especially 15 year old Jack Parkinson Blackburn competing against the likes of Bates, Robert Lambert and Adam Ellis really does get the adrenaline flowing.
With Great Britain being allocated four places in this years World Under 21 Semi Final, and also the two track reserves at the Semi Final being held at Belle Vue on the 21st May, British Under 21 Team Manager Neil Vatcher certainly had plenty to think about on his drive home from Sheffield.
After much consideration, and bearing in mind that Jack Parkinson Blackburn at the tender age of 15 is not eligible to compete at World Level (riders have to be 16) , and both Zach Wajknecht and James Shanes already committed to riding in International meetings that weekend, the following allocations have now been confirmed.
Newly Crowned British Under 21 Champion Josh Bates will travel to Pocking Germany on Saturday 21st May, Adam Ellis will be in Pardubice Czech Republic on the previous day, the 20th May, and representing Great Britain at the home Semi Final at Belle Vue also on the 21st May will be Robert Lambert and Max Clegg.
Vatcher said, “with only four guaranteed places to make the World Finals none of these semi’s will easy, in fact every race will be massive, but I really have every confidence that after having Stefan Nielsen representing Great Britain at the World Finals last year, that again we will have a representative this year and all being well maybe more than one!
As for the two track reserves at Belle Vue, I have looked at it long and hard and have decided to take Nathan Greaves and Jack Smith, as I believe this will be great experience for them, and hoping that their turn will come to compete in the finals in the not too distant future”.