LAMBERT: BACK THE BRITS
GB star Robert Lambert called on the BSPA to get behind their national side as he bids for World Championship glory with his country.
22 / 01 / 2018, 11:40
Great Britain star Robert Lambert called on the BSPA to get behind their national side as he bids for World Championship glory with his country.
The King’s Lynn racer has been part of Lions’ Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup team since 2015 and has already established himself as a regular in the side.
While he feels steps forward have been made, he believes there’s much more to do if GB is to truly compete with world champs Poland on the big stage.
As a team, we have made great steps forward, but there is so much more that’s needed for us to be on the top of that podium one day, and this is one of my dreams – to do that with my country.
He said: “Being British, I want the best for British speedway. I'm also very passionate about Team GB and about being successful, but this will only be done when there is help from promoters and British speedway itself.
“There are some good steps being taken, but that’s only happening outside of the BSPA and it has never been followed up by the BSPA to this day. Is this down to lack of funding or is it just that people can’t be bothered? Who knows?
“As a team, we have made great steps forward, but there is so much more that’s needed for us to be on the top of that podium one day, and this is one of my dreams – to do that with my country.
“At the moment I'm training hard alongside the Team GB trainer Paul (Suggitt), to try and get as fit and as sharp as I can before the season, to try and make my goals a reality.”
Lambert is disappointed training camps and test matches haven’t been lined up for the Lions as they prepare for the new season.
He said: “At the end of last season, we were all going to come together and do a training camp, and see what fitness level we’re at.
“Into the New Year, every month before the season, we were going to meet up again, test our fitness, see how we have progressed and see what we can change to be as equipped for the season as possible.
“It was also mentioned that we’d go to different countries and do test meetings with the likes of Poland, the reigning World Cup champions, to try and get up to the same level they are. None of this has ever come about.”
While the senior and junior sides are managed by one man in other nations like Denmark and Australia, GB’s seniors are led by Alun Rossiter with Neil Vatcher in charge of the juniors. Lambert believes one man should oversee both teams.
He said: “From my point of view, Neil Vatcher has done an awesome job with the under-21 team. He’s doing the under-16s as well. He sees the riders from when they start to under-21 level, so why shouldn’t he be in charge of the senior team?
“I think one person like him should be in charge of the whole lot and then he can see the youngsters coming up to the main team. He can see the potential.
“He’s a very organised man. He got everything sorted for the under-21 team and I never had to ask for anything. Rosco also does a great job. But I think one person involved would be beneficial.
“Neil has everything organised. He has it down where we’re going for food. He’d say ‘we’re going to practice in the morning, we’re then going to this place for food and then the meeting is in the afternoon.’ You didn’t have to ask for anything.”