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King’s Lynn crowd can roar GB to victory in Speedway World Cup opener

King's Lynn's Chris Holder will be riding for Australia. Picture: Ian Burt

King's Lynn's Chris Holder will be riding for Australia. Picture: Ian Burt

GB team boss Alun Rossiter is counting on a passionate King’s Lynn crowd to roar his Lions into the final of the Speedway World Cup.

Troy Batchelor is a familiar face around the King's Lynn pits. Picture: Ian Burt Troy Batchelor is a familiar face around the King's Lynn pits. Picture: Ian Burt

The Lions head to the Adrian Flux Arena on Saturday for Event 1 of the Monster Energy FIM series when they pit their wits against Australia – who includes Stars riders Chris Holder and Troy Batchelor – the USA and the Czech Republic

“I remember my first year in the job in 2014,” he said. “We were at King’s Lynn and I have never seen a partisan crowd like it – the place was absolutely bouncing.

“Nobody gave us a hope in hell of beating the Aussies then, so we have to go in with that same attitude and get the fans behind us. I’m just looking forward to it now – bring it on!”

Rossiter will be keeping his fingers crossed that home favourite Robert Lambert will be fighting fit for Saturday, Lambert injured his neck and sustained a broken wrist riding for Newcastle on Sunday – and has spent this week focusing on Event 1 of the Monster Energy FIM race night.

Lions boss Alun Rossiter. Picture: Ian Burt Lions boss Alun Rossiter. Picture: Ian Burt

The Lions are out to build on the silver medal they won at Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium last summer, with the manager lifted by GB’s best SWC performance since they finished second in 2004.

He said: “I know some people look down on silver, but if we’re brutally honest, nobody gave us a cat in hell’s chance of getting that.

“Yes, it wasn’t gold and of course we want gold. But I still think there are a lot of other people who would have wanted to swap places with us. I’m sure Sweden and Australia would have liked to swap.”

While Australia are tipped as GB’s main rivals for victory at King’s Lynn, Rossiter won’t be taking the Czechs or Americans lightly.

Kings Lynn have been forced into two late changes ahead of tonights Premiership trip to Leicester (7.30). Picture: Ian Burt Kings Lynn have been forced into two late changes ahead of tonights Premiership trip to Leicester (7.30). Picture: Ian Burt

He said: “We shouldn’t fear anybody. But we have to respect the Aussies, Americans and Czechs – you never underestimate anybody. That’s the one thing I have learned in speedway. You respect every opponent. Nothing is ever easy.”

Reently-crowned British champion Craig Cook captains GB.

“Craig is going to be an important person for us – they all will be. We need everybody on their top form to have a chance. I think I am pretty much there with the final team,” said Rossiter. “There’s just a little bit of fine tweaking.”

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