Gosberton Risegate race ace Lambert looks forward to speedway return
Gosberton Risegate speedway rider Simon Lambert is relishing a return to action after re-signing for the Scunthorpe Scorpions.
The 31-year-old had planned to ride for the Championship side last season only for the British speedway campaign to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2021 season is now planned to start in early May – subject to Government restrictions – with Scunthorpe lining up in the 12-team Championship.
Lambert – who has ridden for King’s Lynn, Peterborough and Newcastle in recent campaigns – said: “It’s great to be given the opportunity to get some competitive racing and I am really looking forward to getting back out on track at Scunthorpe.
“The past year has been hugely frustrating for everyone in speedway buthealth and wellbeing has to come first.
“I really can’t wait to get back on the bike and want to make the most of every opportunity we are given.
“I would like to thank all my sponsors, supporters, friends and family for sticking by me this year in what has definitely been a tough time for everyone.
“I can’t wait to get the wheels in motion now as it has been a long lay-off only doing two meetings last season.”
Lambert started his career with Boston and has also ridden for Sheffield, Stoke, Leicester, Rye House, Birmingham and Kent.
His return to Scunthorpe was confirmed after Championships clubs were told by the sport’s governing body that they could build up to 39-points for six riders plus a youngster graded at two stars or below.
It is part of a new five-year plan with the focus on the talented crop of British youngsters in both professional leagues.
The Scorpions had planned to track the same side as last season until Australian star Jake Allen announced he was sitting out the campaign due to the global pandemic.
Promoter Rob Godfrey is now searching for a replacement to line-up alongside Lambert, Josh Auty, Thomas Jorgensen, Tero Aarnio, Theo Pijper and two-star rider Jordan Palin.
Godfrey said: “Obviously, Jake’s decision is a huge blow and it leaves a major hole in our plans for the forthcoming season.
“I wish him well and I fully respect he’s really had to consider his options very carefully before travelling halfway across the world.
“It was our intention to track the same seven riders for this season as had signed up to ride for us in 2020.
“We had made a commitment to those seven riders for last year and I intended to honour that commitment for this season.
“I am still excited about the season ahead. A key part of team building in speedway is having a side where everyone can score.”