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Dan Bewley handed GP qualifier place!
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Mon 07 May 2018 by Comets Press Office
Comet Dan Bewley has been given one of Great Britain's four GP qualifying places!
Issued by BSPA Press Office on Monday 7th May.

Great Britain have turned to youth in their selections for this month's Grand Prix qualifiers.

Flying youngster Dan Bewley has been handed a first opportunity to make his mark on the senior World Championship stage following his sensational start to the season.

Current GP man Craig Cook and double British Under-21 Champion Robert Lambert will also be competing – whilst Kyle Howarth is another man to be rewarded for his form in the early stages of the 2018 campaign.

Lambert and Bewley will race at Danish venue Slangerup on Saturday May 19th, whilst Cook and Howarth compete at Abensberg, Germany on Monday May 21st.

The qualification process has been streamlined this season, and this is the only stage prior to the GP Challenge at Landshut on July 28th.

Great Britain were initially handed three places in the GP qualification process, but their request for a fourth was granted by the FIM when a further spot became available.

And Great Britain Speedway team manager Alun Rossiter says the time is right for some of the country's less experienced riders to be given the opportunity, based on their current form.

He said: "I know there will be people who say with Dan 'don't push him at this stage' so I want to stress that there's absolutely no pressure on him.

"This is all about experience. When I spoke with him I said nothing would be held against him if he didn't want to do it – but his reply was 'I'll never find out if I don't get stuck in!' which I thought was great.

"Craig is obviously our No.1 by average, and Robert's form for King's Lynn this season has been exceptional, so I'm sure they'll both be targeting qualification.

"I also felt Kyle deserved an opportunity. He's having a very good season so far and he jumped at the chance of going to Abensberg.

"I do also want to stress that this isn't the end for the 'old guard' of riders who have served us with great professionalism over many years, and they all have a part to play in our future.

"I just felt, especially with the new Speedway of Nations format this season, and not having to select four or five riders for a World Cup as in previous years, this was the right time to do it.

"Obviously the other rider who would have been in contention was Stevie Worrall, and sadly his broken leg means that isn't possible – but I'm sure he'll come back stronger than ever.

"It has been a really positive start for a lot of British riders this season and it's fantastic to see them doing so well, so it wasn't an easy choice but a huge good luck to the guys involved – we're all behind them."

Comets team manager Tony Jackson added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Dan and is a measure of just how far he has progressed in a couple of years. Whatever happens it will be great experience for him.

"Of course the downside for us is that he will now miss the away and home fixtures against Scunthorpe, which means we will have to book a guest for him on both occasions.

"In addition to Dan of course, two of the other three riders are former Comets; with Craig Cook an obvious choice for a place and the in-form Kyle Howarth, who is still a Comets asset, also being given an opportunity to try to reach the Grand Prix stage."
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Last Updated :  Mon 07 May 2018, 12:18 UK
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