Richie Worrall in with a chance of appearing at home King’s Lynn Speedway World Cup meeting
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King's Lynn Stars fans could see Richie Worrall don Great Britain's colours at next month's Norfolk Arena Speedway World Cup meeting.
The 21-year-old was yesterday named in the provisional 10-man GB squad for Event Two at his home Saddlebow Road circuit. Now he, and the club's supporters, will have to wait patiently to find out if he is selected as one of the four riders for the clash against Denmark, Sweden and USA on Monday, July 15.
GB boss Neil Middleditch said: 'I'd say Tai Woffinden and Chris Harris are the automatic choices right now – so you could say it's two from eight to make the meeting at King's Lynn.
'I'm keeping a close eye on Woffy's fitness, I know he's riding but his collarbone injury is a worry. The likes of Craig Cook, Richie Worrall, Josh Auty and Kyle Howarth have never appeared in the World Cup but their recent form has warranted inclusion in the squad.
'I'll be watching their form before I have to make a final decision in a couple of weeks.'
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With no Scott Nicholls in the line-up after the British title record holder announced his international retirement, Worrall's knowledge of the Lynn track could be enough to earn him a place.
The Merseysider, who also rides for Newcastle in the Premier League, has top-scored for Lynn in their last two Elite League meetings and bagged a huge 18-point maximum during last week's 53-37 home win over Wolverhampton Wolves.
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Woffiden (Wolverhampton), Cook (Belle Vue/Edinburgh), Auty (Birmingham/Scunthorpe), Howarth (Workington), Chris Harris (Birmingham), Edward Kennett (Swindon/Berwick), Danny King (Birmingham), Lewis Bridger (Lakeside) and Ben Barker (Birmingham/Ipswich) are all fighting Worrall for a slot.
One rider who will almost certainly enjoy home advantage though is Niels-Kristian Iversen. He helped Denmark win the World Cup last year and is a shoe-in for the 'semi-final' clash.