POLISH CAMP FOR LIONS
GB team manager Alun Rossiter unveiled plans to get his Lions roaring around Poland’s tracks, with a spring training camp in Leszno.
13 / 07 / 2017, 12:29
Great Britain team manager Alun Rossiter unveiled plans to get his Lions roaring around Poland’s tracks, with a spring training camp in Leszno.
The Swindon boss led his country to fourth place in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup, with Lions falling three points short of a medal, missing out on third spot to Russia in last Saturday’s Final.
While Chris Harris and Steve Worrall emerged with seven and six points respectively, it was a tough night for British champion Craig Cook and British Under-21 champion Robert Lambert, who recorded just one each.
We’re fortunate that I have agreed with Unia Leszno that we’re going to take a GB team there at the start of the year.
With all of his riders spending much of their time doubling up between the SGB Premiership and Championship, Rossiter is keen to offer his stars more experience in Poland. And he plans to bring them back to Leszno’s Alfred Smoczyk Stadium at the start of next season.
He said: “We’re fortunate that I have agreed with Unia Leszno that we’re going to take a GB team there at the start of the year. Hopefully we’ll be speaking to other people and maybe do some other meetings out there as well.
“We’re also looking at doing something with the Polish team and us too. I’m hoping we can maybe bring the Poles over to Britain as well, especially with their huge fanbase.
“I’m sure it would be tough. We’re not deluded or stupid. But the only way we’re going to get better is have these meetings, so that’s the plan.”
Rosco admits he was gutted not to bag Britain’s first SWC medal since England secured second at Bydgoszcz in 1995. But he insists the team has made progress since he took up the reins in 2014, having reached three Finals in four years – albeit one as hosts last term.
He said: “Of course I was disappointed. Realistically, I would have thought we’d come away with a medal. To lose it by a few points is even more frustrating really.
“Unfortunately, Robert and Craig didn’t have the best of nights, but I am not down on them. It’s so difficult, but a couple of points from them was the difference between winning a medal and not having a medal.
“I have to say we had a whale of a time with the five lads last week and we have learnt a lot from it. We’re doing everything we can. We know what we have to do. The Poles have fitness coaches and nutritionists. We’ve got all this in place now and we’ve come a long way.”