SIMON Lambert was back in competitive action on Monday appearing for Scunthorpe in their challenge fixture against Leicester at the Eddie Wright Raceway.
Despite the Stags being defeated 53-61 by the reigning National League Champions, the Boston-born racer was pleased to be back on a bike after five and half months since his last meeting.
Lambert said: “It was good fun – I didn’t really score that many points which I know people will probably look at but at the end of the day I haven’t done any practicing and I haven’t been here or there.
“I can’t really afford time off work at the minute because we’re so busy there let alone going practicing two or three times a week, but from my point of view to get the adrenaline rush and the buzz you get was priceless. Like I say, I didn’t score what I would have liked to have scored by a long way, but I had good fun and I enjoyed it.
“I tried a different bike which I wouldn’t normally use at Scunny just to run it in because obviously things still need bedding in as they haven’t been used all year. I did the Ben Fund which I used more as a practice but yesterday I felt racy and I felt competitive, I just wasn’t sharp enough out of the starts.
“Mentally and physically I am fit but I am aching like mad today as I used muscles that I didn’t know I still had, but I really enjoyed it and it was great to put my sponsors’ names out there again.
“It was great to see so many people there abiding by the rules and hopefully now we can get some more meetings in now before the end of the season.
“It is always good to see my sponsors and I would like to think that I am pretty good with them as I speak to them regularly and I see a lot of the big sponsors on a regular basis. It was really good to just catch up with people, though and I had a really good day – it was just really nice to get out and do something that I used to do with a bit of normality.
“I spoke to a few of the youngsters who were riding yesterday and fair play to them being able to ride two or three times a week as it was something I used to do when I was their age, but as you get older your life changes with a full-time job running a business and we have got kids so it is different.
“One thing I would say is credit to whatever Olly Allen and his team are doing with these British youngsters because we have been so far behind other countries in years gone by.
“Every one of them at Scunthorpe could ride and they look safe which is great because I have done meetings in the past where certain riders leave their brain in the toolbox so to speak, but every single one of them kids yesterday looked sharp, fit, and they were safe which was great to see from my point of view.
“There were a few boys having problems yesterday and I was there to give them some help and advice. Whether I am captain or not I am in the team and I will always help the other boys out.”
Scunthorpe Stags = 53
1. Simon Lambert – 0, 2′, 2, 1, 0 = 5+1
2. Jordan Palin – 3, 3, 3, 1′, 2, 2 = 14+1
3. Jamie Halder – 0, 1, FX, 1 = 2
4. Wayne Carter – 1, 0, 2, 1′ = 4+1
5. Ryan Kinsley – 3, 3, 0, 0 = 6
6. Harry McGurk – 2′, 0, 1 = 3+1
7. Archie Freeman – 3, 0, 1, 3 = 7
8. Luke Harrison (250cc) – 3, 3, 3, 3 = 12
9. Sam McGurk (250cc) – R, 0, NS, NS = 0
Leicester Lion Cubs = 61
1. Connor Mountain – 1′, 3, 2′, 3 = 9+2
2. Joe Thompson – 2, 2′, 2, 3 = 9+1
3. Joe Lawlor – 3, 1′, 0, 2 = 6+1
4. Dan Thompson – 2′, 2, 3, 3, 3 = 13+1
5. Danyon Hume – 2, 1, 3, 2′, 1 = 9+1
6. Kean Dicken/James Chattin – KD 1, KD 0, KD 1, JC 0 = 2
7. Tom Spencer – F, NS (JC 1′), NS (JC 0), NS (KD 0) = 1+1
8. Max James (250cc) – 2, 2, 2, 2 = 8
9. Ashton Vale (250cc) – 1′, 1′, 1′, 1′ = 4+4
PICTURE – IAN RISPIN