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Rising star Robert Lambert was the pick of the NGK-sponsored riders at the first Speedway Grand Prix of the 2019 season on Saturday (May 18).

The young Briton scored eight points in Warsaw, Poland to secure eighth place and recorded a stunning heat victory, beating Sweden’s Fredrik Lindgren, who was the eventual meeting runner-up behind winner Denmark’s Leon Madsen, in making his way to the semi-finals.

He said: “It was a great experience to race in Poland in front of 50,000 fans. It was the biggest crowd I had faced. I really enjoyed it and didn’t really expect to make the semi-finals.”

However it was a difficult night for his fellow NGK-sponsored riders; with triple and current World champion Tai Woffinden scoring just six points, former winner Jason Doyle, five points, Emil Sayfutdinov, six points, and Matej Zagar, seven. Four-time World champion Greg Hancock missed the meeting for personal reasons.

Lambert’s success came just days after he helped Great Britain reach the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Finals which are being held in Togliatti, Russia on July 20 and 21.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “It was a fantastic performance by Robert and capped a memorable few days for him. Unfortunately it was a difficut night for our other riders who all battled hard without much reward.

“We have our strongest ever line-up of riders this year and I’m sure they will all be working hard to improve on their performances at the next Grand Prix which is being held in Slovenia on June 1.”

Poland saw the first ever FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualifying shoot-out on Friday with the fastest rider in qualifying getting first choice of gates for Saturday’s meeting.

The NGK riders excelled at this with Zagar recording the fastest time, followed by Doyle, Sayfutdinov and Lambert.


Notes to Editors


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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