12th May 2016
With just over 3 weeks to go before the World Under 21 Team Semi Final at Holsted in Denmark on Saturday 4th June the four riders who will be representing the Great Britain team have now been confirmed by British Youth Boss Neil Vatcher.
Vatcher has confirmed as expected that King’s Lynn and Newcastle’s Robert Lambert will lead the team, and has been handed the number 1 race jacket along with the captaincy of the Young Lions.
Again it will be no surprise that Adam Ellis who has already had a sensational season in the Elite league with the Poole Pirates, and the reigning British Under 21 champion Josh Bates have filled two of the remaining three positions.
Vatcher said, “to select Lambert, Ellis and Bates was a no brainier, and I am sure that anyone sat in the hot seat wouldn’t have had any qualms regards selecting the top three from this year’s British Under 21 Final, but the remaining position caused me a few restless nights debating which rider to take”.
“There were certainly a few names who have put their case forward, and there was also one rider who certainly would have been considered, but not yet eligible due to still be under age, as the age limit for FIM Events is 16 years old, and young Jack Parkinson Blackburn is still only 15, otherwise for sure he would of been on the short list”.
“After much consideration the fourth member of the team will be Wolverhampton, Edinburgh and Cradley star Max Clegg”.
Vatcher quoted, “I can only speak as I find, and I know Max has been struggling a bit this year with some new equipment, but every time that I have seen Max ride he has impressed me”.
“He is a strong rider, and with both Elite and premier League experience this will put him in good stead for this tough Semi Final”.
“Max did a guest booking for me when I was at Lakeside last year, and he blew me away, then at last year’s British Under 19 final at Berwick, in what were tough conditions and also this year’s Under 21 final Max has looked the business, and I believe that he will raise his game when he gets the Union Jack on his chest”.
For the British Team to travel to Denmark with four riders who all ride in the Elite League is a massive bonus.
Lambert, Ellis and Bates all have competed at this level now on a number of occasions, and this semi final will will not phase them, and we will go there full of confidence.
Young Lions would like to thank their team sponsors Bob Taylor of Direct Digital Controls Limited, Mike Bowden of Downers Racing, Wessex Marine, and also all the support and help from the BSPA.