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Lambert was diagnosed with fractured T4 and T5 vertebrae following a crash with Leon Madsen and Anders Thomsen at last weekend’s Speedway European Championship round at Torun.
He was already feeling the effects of whiplash sustained when he tumbled with Craig Cook in his first ride at the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Finals in Togliatti on July 20.
The news meant Lambert couldn’t win the coveted wild-card spot for the Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Cardiff on September 21, which was handed to the British champion.
But as this year’s SGP first reserve, he could still be called up for Cardiff if one of the regular 16 riders withdraws due to injury, illness or other reasons.
Lambert admits he agonised over his decision whether or not to race. He said: “I was desperate to ride. I thought long and hard about it but I think it’s the best and most sensible decision to take.
“I’d like to apologise to my fans but my priority now is to get fit as quickly as possible.”
John Money, of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was a great shame that Robert didn’t have the opportunity to retain his hard-won title but we wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to the track.”
In Lambert’s absence, Charles Wright took the British title with NGK-sponsorecd Chris Harris reaching the final where he finished fourth.
NGK is a long-standing supporter of Speedway’s top riders, whose bikes are all fitted with the company’s spark plugs, including triple and current World champion Tai Woffinden and four-time World champion Greg Hancock.
About NGK SPARK PLUG:
Worldwide: NGK Spark Plug is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres.
Aftermarket EMEA: NGK Spark Plug has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK Spark Plug’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region – which currently represents 32% of NGK´s global turnover – the company has ten group companies and more than 800 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a technical centre in Germany.
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