REIGNING British Champion Robert Lambert has been ruled out of his title defence at tonight’s British Final.
Lambert was due to take his place at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester – but he has suffered fractured T4 and T5 vertabrae.
The King’s Lynn man has had two huge spills in successive weekends in big international meetings and athough he was desperare to race in the British Final he has reluctantly informed organisers of his withdrawal this morning.
His place will go to Scunthorpe favourite Josh Auty who is in a fine run of form for the Championship club.
Said Lambert: “I was desperate to ride, I thought long and hard about it but I think it’s the best and most sensible decision to take.
“I’d like to apologise to my fans but my priority now is to get fit as quickly as possible.”
British Speedway Vice Chairman Rob Godfrey said: “Everyone at the British Speedway Promoters’ Association would like to wish Robert all the very best.
“The progress he has made as a rider has been brilliant to see and clearly the priority is for him to make a full return to fitness as quickly as possible.
“I believe the race for the British title is wide open and tonight we will see some breathtaking racing which is the norm at this brilliant venue.”
SPORTS INSURE BRITISH FINAL 2019 (National Speedway Stadium, Belle Vue, Manchester)
Charles Wright, Rory Schlein, Edward Kennett, Simon Lambert, Danny King, Danny Ayres, Paul Starke, Kyle Newman, Richard Lawson, Craig Cook, Dan Bewley, Lewis Kerr, Chris Harris, Steve Worrall, Josh Auty, Scott Nicholls.