||Last Updated: Apr 15th, 2016 - 09:17:09
COVENTRY’S Josh Bates was crowned British Under-21 Champion for the second time in his career on Thursday.
The Buildbase Bees reserve triumphed on his home Premier League track of Sheffield, to add to his success in the same competition at Wolverhampton in 2014.
Bates had to do things the hard way, coming through the semi-final after a fall in his final programmed ride left him on eleven points as pre-meeting favourites Robert Lambert and Adam Ellis advanced directly to the Final.
However, he won the semi and was joined in the Final by 15-year-old sensation Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, as Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves missed out.
And then Bates, from the inside starting position, made the best of the start in the Final as Ellis and Lambert duelled from the outside, and he then pulled clear to win the title.
Said Bates: “I felt like crying when I won the Final because this means so much to me.
“When I won it in 2014, nobody expected anything from me and that was the start of something special for me.
“This time around, I was on my home track and I always wanted to make the most of that fact.
“I'd got a lot of people who'd come to watch me race and a lot of supporters were behind me too.
“It's another huge moment in my career and it's great to win it for a second time.”
BRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL
1. Josh Bates
2. Robert Lambert
3. Adam Ellis
4. Jack Parkinson-Blackburn
Qualifying scores: Robert Lambert 15, Adam Ellis 13, Josh Bates 11, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 11, Max Clegg 11, Nathan Greaves 9, Zac Wajtknecht 9, Oliver Greenwood 8, James Shanes 7, Jack Smith 6, Danyon Hume 5, Danny Phillips 4, Ellis Perks 4, Josh Bailey 3, Danno Verge 2, Alfie Bowtell 1, Liam Carr 1 (reserve), Ben Basford 0 (reserve).
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