Annus Horribilis? Maybe Not…

Published on 4th August 2020
Author Mythman

It’s been no secret that since the announcement that there would be no British League racing in 2020 it has caused the well of inspiration to run fairly dry as of late, and that subject matter has been pretty thin on the ground.

However that isn’t to say that there hasn’t been plenty of talk ongoing in the world. Things like face masks, hand sanitiser, political power plays, supposed sporting superstars acting like spoilt brats and other such associated b******s.

None of this is new though is it? So what is?

Well in a rare bright spot of 2020, Robert Lambert is the new European Champion and the first confirmed Grand Prix rider for 2021.  This is a huge achievement for Robert and it should act as a huge shot in the arm for British Speedway in general.

Whether you agree with the winner of the European Championship being hot-shotted straight into Grand Prix action or not, there is little denying that Robert was a deserving winner and is looking very much like a rider ready for Grand Prix racing.

Don’t believe me?

Well, while Robert’s Polish team Rybnick have endured a pretty torrid season in the Ekstraliga, there is absolutely no doubt that he has been their leading light, their undisputed top man and perhaps the only rider in the side who looks like winning races on a regular basis. On top of that I would argue that he is probably in the conversation about who the best rider in the world is outside of the Grand Prix lineup for 2020.

Naturally there will be those desperate to criticise Robert for the way in which he has gone about his career but you can’t argue with results and the fact is that he is probably going to be one of the most in demand riders by the time 2021 rolls around.

But before then, there is the small matter of the Speedway of Nations to be held at Belle Vue in October…

With Robert Lambert and Tai Woffinden representing Team GB, there must be an air of optimism amongst the fans that maybe just maybe they might go one better than 2018 and bring back that gold medal. Even though it wont be easy they surely must start among the favourites for the meeting and when was the last time Team GB were favourites for anything?

Before all that though there is the Grand Prix series to determine our 2020 World Champion to think about. Alright, the somewhat hastily arranged eight round, four or five venue rearranged Speedway Grand Prix series which has plenty of critics, to give it’s proper title.

Hastily arranged or not, there is still a world championship on the line and Britain’s Tai Woffinden will naturally be among the favourites in what will be a wide open field, perhaps even more wide open than ever before.

Now imagine, just imagine if Tai was to win the series and be crowned world champion for 2020 and become a four time champion,  further cementing his status as Britain’s most successful speedway rider.

Now imagine, just imagine if Tai Woffinden and Robert Lambert were to win the Speedway of Nations at Belle Vue. World Champion, European Champion and Speedway of Nations Champions all from Great Britain… wouldn’t that be something?

It’s fair to say 2020 has been, as they say in Latin, “Annus Horribilis” but a little success on the international scene for some of the British boys and the subsequent shot in the arm it would give British Speedway might just make it that little more bearable.

There is of course a lot of racing to happen between now and then and anything can happen, but it isn’t out with the realms of possibility is it?

Of course if you wish to agree, or disagree with the Mythman, have an idea for a feature, or you simply want to chew the fat over all things speedway, you can email me or get in touch via the JB Speedway Media Facebook page. If your compliments, or indeed gripes can be contained to limited characters, you can send me a tweet @Mythman666.

Until next time…and there will be a next time.
Right I’ll hae’tae gan


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