LAMBERT: WOFFY'S INSIDE KNOWLEDGE

15/02/2022

LAMBERT: WOFFY'S INSIDE KNOWLEDGE
Great Britain hero Robert Lambert hopes Tai Woffinden’s switch to FIM Speedway of Nations host club Esbjerg gives the Lions some inside knowledge for their world title defence in July.

Lambert teamed up with Woffy, Dan Bewley and under-21 star Tom Brennan to end GB’s 32-year wait for a world team gold medal in Manchester last October.

Despite triple world champion Woffinden crashing out of the FIM SON Final with an injury towards the end of day one, the Brits still saw off Denmark in the Grand Final Qualifier, before beating Poland 5-4 in the Grand Final.

Woffinden played a huge part in the historic triumph on and off the track, and Lambert believes he could offer some vital intelligence when the Lions visit the Scunthorpe-born racer’s new Danish club Esbjerg, where the FIM SON Semi-Finals take place on July 27 and 28, with the FIM SON Final on July 30.

Lambert said: “I know Woffy has signed for Esbjerg in the Danish league to get that little edge. He will have plenty of practice there before we do the Speedway of Nations, which is good on his side. I’m sure he will be able to give us some tips and info about the track.”

Danish skipper Leon Madsen revealed after last year’s FIM SON Final that Esbjerg’s Granly Speedway Arena track may suit the Lions well as it is fairly similar to Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium circuit.

Lambert said: “That’s true. I have had a few meetings there before and it is very, very similar. It has deeper material, so that obviously plays into our hands very much. But it also plays into the hands of the Danes. They have ridden there and know the track. It’s an open playing field and we have a long way to go. We have a lot of practices and racing to go before we get to that stage.”

With teams no longer required to pick an under-21 rider for 2022, Lambert, Woffinden and Bewley can all feature in GB’s line-up, with one of them serving as the No.3 reserve. The sport’s under-21 stars will compete in SON2 – the revamped FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship – on July 29.

Lambert would love to join forces with Woffy and Bewley again in Esbjerg, and he is determined to play his part in ensuring Lions’ title win is not a one-off.

He said: “Unless one of us has a terrible season, that line-up is pretty set in stone. We are all going to be working together.

"Now the goal is to show every other country we are not just one-off winners. We want to go and do it again and again. We want to show our strength is real.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning