CHAPMAN: GB WILL GO FOR GOLD
British Speedway Promoters Association chairman Keith Chapman insists Great Britain can be crowned Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup winners in the not too distant future – and vowed to do everything he can to make it possible.
Chapman described last month’s Monster Energy SWC silver medal success in Manchester as an achievement to be proud of and believes it has provided the sport with a huge boost in the UK.
Skipper Tai Woffinden has made no secret of his desire to win gold with his country and called on the BSPA to play their part in landing GB’s first world title since 1989.
"When you think how young Tai and Robert Lambert are, who have both been outstanding for the Great Britain team in the last two years, it makes you think that exciting times are ahead and I genuinely believe that they are."
- Keith Chapman
Chapman is ready to meet that challenge and insists his eyes are already set on the 2017 campaign, which he says could prove to be a massive year for British speedway on many fronts.
"What Great Britain achieved at Belle Vue the other week was fantastic and full credit to everyone involved," said Chapman.
"Rosco (Alun Rossiter - GB team manager) made some bold decisions this year, but they paid off and I made sure I went out of my way to congratulate him.
"After a tough start, the riders showed great professionalism and character to turn their fortunes around and fight back superbly to finish second. It was a proud night for everyone involved in British Speedway and it's certainly a platform to build on.
"I hear what Tai Woffinden is saying; we can play a role in helping Great Britain get to the top again and I'll do everything within my power to put us in the best possible position of doing so.
"We've arranged for a management committee meeting which is coming up soon and 2017 is definitely going to be on the agenda.
"The BSPA funded the training camp for Team GB at the start of this year and that's an initiative that seems to have been beneficial so similar things will be looked at again.
"When you think how young Tai and Robert Lambert are, who have both been outstanding for the Great Britain team in the last two years, it makes you think that exciting times are ahead and I genuinely believe that they are.”
Chapman is keen to increase the flow of talent from grassroots level right the way through to Team GB.
He said: "I see a lot of National League racing with the King's Lynn Young Stars and the standard of the young, up and coming riders really is encouraging.
"The work done by Phil Morris and now Vatch (Neil Vatcher) on the youth scene should be applauded and I think the future for speedway in Britain is bright.
"As chairman of the BSPA, there's lots I want to do with the rules and making the sport more accessible and appealing as well, and 2017 is going to be a big year.
"There's already lots of work going on behind the scenes which covers all aspects of British speedway and hopefully the sport will reap the benefits sooner rather than later.”
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