Mear up for British U21 challenge

PUBLISHED: 12:06 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 26 October 2009

Rye House Silver Ski Rockets Press & Practice Day 2008 - Robert Mear

Rye House Silver Ski Rockets Press & Practice Day 2008 - Robert Mear

Eddie Slater

RYE House Rocket Robert Mear will be making the long journey to Plymouth on Friday to take part in one of the British Under-21 qualifying rounds. Should he finish in the top three, he will qualify for the Lakeside-staged final, which team-mate Tai Woffind

RYE House Rocket Robert Mear will be making the long journey to Plymouth on Friday to take part in one of the British Under-21 qualifying rounds.

Should he finish in the top three, he will qualify for the Lakeside-staged final, which team-mate Tai Woffinden is seeded for.

And the teenage speedway star from Hatfield will be hoping to go at least one better than last year when he finished fourth in the qualifiers with an excellent ride.

"I am quite confident and feeling OK going into the race," said the former Onslow St Audrey's School pupil.

"Last year I think I did well, and I feel I can perform again."

Having been promoted to the Premier League team this season, Mear has come on leaps and bounds, and continues to look a key member of a strong Rye House team.

Mear has raced at the south coast track twice before, and he will be hoping this experience can lead him to a Lakeside place.

Last year the 19-year-old was racing for Rye House's Conference team, so the step up to facing a higher class of opponent should stand him in good stead.

And with his knowledge of the track at Plymouth, the Rockets may well have another rider in the British U21 final.

"It's quite a small and bumpy track, so it's important to keep fit and do lots of work at the gym," said Mear.

"That's the best way of preparing for this, and I feel confident that my preparation can pay off and I can have a good ride."

The line-up for the Plymouth tie includes fellow Rye House riders Danny Betson and Rob Smith.

Mear, from Briars Lane, is eager to once again prove his racing credentials, which continue to rise following his seven-point haul in the recent Premier Trophy tie with pre-season favourites Birmingham Brummies.

And it's going to be a busy few days for the Hatfield speedster with three race meetings in the space of as many days.

On Friday Robert travels to Plymouth, then on Saturday he is back for the Rockets' opening Premier League match against the Isle of Wight at Rye House.

The 19-year-old will finish a hectic weekend with a trip to West Row to face Mildenhall as the Rockets replay an abandoned Premier Trophy fixture.


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