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Kyle Goes Wild in Poland!
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Thu 16 Jul 2015 by Comets Press Office
Kyle Howarth has been awarded a Wild Card berth for the second round of the World Under-21 Final in Poland next month.
The Comets number one and 2015 British Under-21 Champion will race at Lublin in Poland on Saturday August 15th, having previously narrowly missed out on a permanent position in the three-round series.

This means that the Comets will be without Kyle for the home league match with Redcar on 15th August and, depending on travel arrangements, possibly the following day's league visit to Rye House; although they will be able to use a guest to cover for any absences on this occasion.

Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: "Obviously it is a bit of a double-edged sword for us as it is great that Kyle has been selected for the second round of the World under-21 Final, which will give him further experience of high level competition. However, it means he will miss one, or possibly two, matches for us. But we will endeavour to get the best guest possible to replace him as necessary.

"He has ridden as a Wild Card in the series on several occasions in the past, most notably when it was held at Berwick a couple of years ago where he rode really well, but as this will be the last year in which he is eligible to compete in the event he needs to grab the opportunity with both hands, which I am sure he will."

British Youth boss Neil Vatcher said: “This is fantastic news for both Kyle and British Speedway, that now in Round 2 GB will have two representatives, and we must thank the members of the FIM Committee for giving Kyle the vote for one of the Wild Cards for this event.

“As Under-21 Team Manager it is my job to get the best young British riders as much experience and exposure as we can, and along with full time World Under-21 finalist Stefan Nielsen no one deserves a place in the Final more than Kyle.

“At his semi-final he was one of the highest scoring riders who missed out on a permanent place, and he also only missed out after losing a run-off for the last qualifying place to Australian Brady Kurtz.

“When it was confirmed that Kyle got the vote he was delighted, and he feels he now goes into the meeting with no pressure and with everything to gain from the experience, and also to put himself in the shop window for a place in a European League, as the British Champion is looking at avenues of riding in Europe at some point in the not too distant future."

This news comes just a few days after Kyle was named as captain of the British team that will compete in the FIM World Under-21 Team Cup semi-final in Gustrow, Germany on Saturday August 22nd.

Vatcher has confirmed that captain Kyle Howarth and teenage sensation Robert Lambert will definitely be in the final four, with the remaining two places to be selected from: Adam Ellis, Stefan Nielsen, Josh Bates, Ashley Morris, Max Clegg and Zach Wajtknecht.

Vatcher said: “It goes without saying that both Kyle and Robert will be travelling to Germany, as both are at the start of long international careers.

“It's fair to say that both riders will be leading from the front in our quest to qualify for a first Final for the British Under-21 team since we hosted the event at Rye House back in 2010.

“These are really exciting times to be part of the British set-up, and we genuinely do have a great opportunity to qualify for this year's World Final, although the semi-final will by no means be an easy affair.

“Along with the hosts Germany, who are always a tough team to crack in their own backyard, the very strong Danish team and Finland complete the semi-final line up.

“We are aware that this will not be an easy meeting, but I am sure that the GB team will have the same respect from the three nations as we will give them.

“With Kyle and Robert already in the final four, the remaining six riders are vying for the final two places, and it's certainly not an easy decision to be made. All six riders deserve their place in the team, although of course only two can be selected.”

If the British side progress from the semi-final on 22nd August they will race in the Final, which this year takes place at Mildura in Australia, on Saturday 31st October.
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Last Updated :  Thu 16 Jul 2015, 09:47 UK
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