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LAMBERT RELISHES RYBNIK SUPER SUB ROLE

Great Britain star Robert Lambert insists he’s happy to serve as Rybnik’s super sub following a stellar start to his PGE Ekstraliga season.

23 / 06 / 2020, 11:15

Great Britain star Robert Lambert insists he’s happy to serve as Rybnik’s super sub following a stellar start to his PGE Ekstraliga season.

Rybnik go into tonight’s rescheduled trip to Grudziadz on the back of a 53-36 defeat at home to Zielona Gora on June 14.

But Lambert’s efforts were a huge positive for the newly-promoted side as he racked up 14 points from six rides as No.8.

It’s all about performance over a period of time and not just in a one-off meeting. Now I am focused on the next one.

Robert Lambert

While the position, occupied by an under-23 rider, does not guarantee them rides, it does allow them to jump into action in place of any top-five stars having a tough night.

Lambert is happy to play the roving role. He said: “I was really relaxed about being at No.8 against Zielona Gora and being patient. If there was the opportunity to get out there, I wanted to try and show what I can do and perform as best as possible.

“They didn’t have the best of starts and then they switched to put me in. The first heat wasn’t the best, but after getting a win in the next heat, they kept using me and putting me in for other riders.

“I think that worked to their advantage, having me at No.8 and putting me in pretty much wherever they needed to.

“We have a pretty big squad and they’ll probably want to use their other riders as well. But if one rider is having a bad meeting, I can come in and try and do better.”

Despite his heroics on the opening weekend, Lambert isn’t getting too carried away and knows there is still plenty of work ahead.

He said: “That was the first meeting of the season, so things are just getting underway and there is a long way to go yet. I just need to focus on the next meeting. We are starting from fresh again.

“It’s obviously great to be back racing. That’s what we have been eager for over all these months. A lot of hard work pays off and it gives you a good feeling to go out there and score those points. It gives you that bit of confidence as well.

“It’s all about performance over a period of time, though, and not just in a one-off meeting. Now I am focused on the next one.

“But if you can do it once, you can do it again. I just have to stay in the right mindset, stay focused and keep producing consistent form.”

Lambert admits his side faces a stern test at Grudziadz this evening. But he said: “I think we have potential. When the boys are on their game and riding well, I think we can beat anybody.

“It’s going to be much more difficult away this weekend. Grudziadz is a strong team. There will be pressure, but we need to step up.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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