Rob has made massive strides

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Great Britain chief Alun Rossiter would have no qualms about throwing Panthers ace Robert Lambert into the World Cup cauldron.

The national boss liked what he saw from the 17 year-old when he competed in the Speedway Best Pairs final round in Denmark last Saturday.

Rossiter reckons Lambert has made ‘massive strides’ in the early part of the 2015 season. He has been a prolific scorer for Panthers in his debut Premier League campaign and has also impressed for King’s Lynn at Elite League level.

Rossiter said: “I saw what Robert is all about in Esbjerg at the Best Pairs when he far from disgraced himself. He was on the pace in every ride and wasn’t in the least bit fazed by being involved in such a tough meeting. I would have no qualms about putting him in the team at King’s Lynn for the World Cup.

“He has made massive strides forward based on what I’ve seen from him so far this year compared to last year.

“Don’t get me wrong, he still has an awful lot to learn, but the key thing for me is that we wants to learn. He is always asking questions and always trying to improve.”

And Rossiter insists a second Panthers rider can count himself most unfortunate not to have been selected in the provisional 10-man Great Britain squad.

Rossiter admits Lewis Blackbird was agonisingly close to a place after impressing in for the city club and at top-flight level for Wolverhampton on his return from serious injury which cut short his 2014 season.

Rossiter added: “Lewis could probably feel more hard-done-by than any other rider not in the squad.

“It was my toughest decision to leave him out, but I had a great conversation with Lewis the other day and his last words to me were that he will carry on upping his game.

“That was great to hear because he is a rider with a lot of talent and someone I like a lot.”