2019 GB Speedway Team squad announced
Great Britain Speedway Team is delighted to announce its senior squad for 2019, with Speedway World Champion Tai Woffinden again leading the team.
Even though we’ve named our squad, it doesn’t mean that riders outside of it can’t work their way into the set-up. It’s not a closed door at all and we will be watching everyone very closely, we want riders to really want to work their way into the squad and it should act as great motivation for themAlun Rossiter
Team boss Alun Rossiter has named the 11 riders that will form his squad for the upcoming season, with GB aiming to go one better than last year when they claimed the Silver medal in the inaugural Speedway of Nations tournament.
The 11 riders are; Tai Woffinden, Robert Lambert, Craig Cook, Chris Harris, Adam Ellis, Dan Bewley, Richard Lawson, Kyle Howarth, Danny King, Steve Worrall and Richie Worrall.
These are the riders that will take part in various GB Speedway Team training camps and, although the door remains open for riders outside of the squad, it is expected that the 2019 Speedway of Nations team will come from the group.
Team manager Rossiter explained his picks and expressed his excitement at the riders he’s named; “We wanted to name a core of riders for the year that would be the ones we get together and really try to work closely with, and we feel like the 11 we’ve picked are the best 11 British riders we have.
“We will be getting the boys together a lot more than in previous years, starting with a training camp next month, and we want to build a real team spirit between them too. We are all British, we all want to help put GB back on top and this is a good way of us coming together and starting that process.
“We’ve got a bit of everything in there but everyone is there totally on merit. Some of the young lads will learn a lot by working closely with the likes of Tai and Chris (Harris) and we want everyone to really push each other.”
Rossiter stressed, though, that the door is firmly ajar for riders not named in the squad and he’d be keeping a close eye on every British rider this season.
He said: “Even though we’ve named our squad, it doesn’t mean that riders outside of it can’t work their way into the set-up. It’s not a closed door at all and we will be watching everyone very closely, we want riders to really want to work their way into the squad and it should act as great motivation for them.”
The squad are expected to get together next month for the first training camp of the season, with a venue due to be finalised and announced in the coming weeks.