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LAMBERT PLEASED TO EARN SGP SHOT

European champion Robert Lambert admits he was elated to earn his FIM Speedway Grand Prix break without the aid of a wild card.

09 / 08 / 2020, 11:53

European champion Robert Lambert admits he was elated to earn his FIM Speedway Grand Prix break without the aid of a wild card.

The Brit saw off world No.2 Leon Madsen in an epic battle for the Speedway European Championship last month – with the title guaranteeing him an automatic place in SGP 2021.

Lambert served as SGP first reserve in 2019, reaching the semi-finals in Warsaw and Krsko, but he was overlooked for this year’s line-up after a season blighted by back injuries suffered at the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Togliatti in July 2020.

I always said to myself that I wanted to be in the GPs because I have earned it. I definitely have done that and I am happy to be in that position.

Robert Lambert

After missing out on a wild-card pick for this year, Lambert was pleased to take matters into his own hands.

“That’s probably the best part of it,” he said. “It’s pretty incredible. I always said to myself that I wanted to be in the GPs because I have earned it. I definitely have done that and I am happy to be in that position.

“I haven’t been gifted the opportunity and I have earned my spot. That’s what’s important and I’m over the moon.

"I can’t wait to get things going and start to think about things for next season.”

While SGP 2021 isn’t due to start for several months, Lambert is keen to at least fight for the top-six spot that would see him retain his World Championship place for 2022. But he would love to be in contention for top honours.

“I think the first goal for any rider in the Grand Prix is to stay in it for the following season,” he said. “That will be the first aim at the moment. It is a long, long time away yet. A lot of things can change. The top six is the main goal for now, but hopefully I will be fighting for the top spot – that’s for sure.”

Lambert is the first rider to have sealed a spot in SGP 2021. Three more riders will join him from the GP Challenge in Gorican on August 22. The line-up will then be completed by the top six from this season’s SGP World Championship and five wild cards selected by the SGP Commission.

The King’s Lynn favourite is determined to make the most of getting a head-start on his SGP rivals when it comes to preparing for a huge season.

He said: “There is obviously a lot to talk about and think about. I have enough time and I want to be prepared in the best way, so that I can tick off everything possible and try and make it happen.

“I may have a bit extra with machinery – engines and stuff like that. That’ll just ensure I have more options. At the moment, I have just been using one engine which is going well.

“Generally I’ll keep everything the same and focus on the other aspects that come along with the Grand Prix to make sure I’m set up, ready to go.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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