Menu
Card image cap

WOFFINDEN STEPS DOWN FROM GB SIDE

Double world champion Tai Woffinden has revealed he won’t lead Great Britain’s bid for 2017 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup gold.

16 / 08 / 2016, 12:09

Double world champion Tai Woffinden has revealed he won’t lead Great Britain’s bid for 2017 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup gold.

The Scunthorpe-born star has released a statement, confirming he’ll be standing down from the side. But he insists he doesn’t rule out returning in the years to come and he’s keen to emphasise he has no intention of making a bid to switch nationalities to Australia, the country where he spent his childhood.

We’ll see where we are at in 2018. Who knows? I may be back for that. I’ve enjoyed representing Great Britain and meeting up with all the fans at Belle Vue was great for me.

Tai Woffinden

Woffinden’s statement confirmed “there have been issues behind the scenes which have contributed to his decision, but he doesn’t want to discuss them in public.”

He said: “I’ve made a decision to sit out the 2017 Monster Energy SWC but I remain proud to represent Great Britain in the Grand Prix.

“We’ll see where we are at in 2018. Who knows? I may be back for that. I’ve enjoyed representing Great Britain and meeting up with all the fans at Belle Vue was great for me.

“And I can never forget the reception the fans gave me at Cardiff. That was a special moment and I really appreciate all the support from my British fans

“I can also confirm I won’t be looking to switch nationalities and ride for Australia; that’s not part of my thinking.

“I wish Great Britain all the best for next year’s competition, but it’s time for me to take some time out.”

Woffinden fell 12 points behind Greg Hancock in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix title race after missing out on the Swedish SGP semis on countback with eight points. But the Wolves rider remains upbeat.

“Malilla wasn’t the best for me,” he said. “In fact it was my worst Grand Prix of the season. But I’m staying positive. I just couldn’t get it together there. We’ve still come away with eight points and I’m still in a reasonable position in the championship, so it’s on to Gorzow for the next one, put Malilla to one side and learn from mistakes.”

 

Card image cap

PAWLICKI: RYBNIK HEARTBREAK BEHIND ME

GP Challenge winner Przemyslaw Pawlicki says his Togliatti triumph allowed him to lay the ghost of Rybnik to rest.

Card image cap

WOFFY: I'M ALRIGHT

Tai Woffinden declared “I’m alright! It could have been worse” as he looks forward to the Stockholm SGP, despite taking a tumble in Leszno.

Card image cap

VIDEO | RIDER MENTALITY - STARTS

Ever wondered what goes through an FIM Speedway Grand Prix star's mind at the start line? We asked Chris Holder ️...

Card image cap

VIDEO | LAST YEAR IN STOCKHOLM

With 5 days to go until the Stockholm SGP returns to Friends Arena, here's a taste of last season's SGP in the Swedish capital ...

Card image cap

HOLDER: WORLD TITLE WON'T SAVE ME

Aussie ace Chris Holder admits being a former world champion might not be enough to save him as he fights to save his SGP status for 2018.

Card image cap

WOFFY CRASHES OUT AS LESZNO LEAD

Tai Woffinden walked away from a horrifying crash as Leszno triumphed 49-41 in the opening leg of the Polish Ekstraliga play-off final.

Card image cap

VACULIK: TOP 8 WOULD FEEL LIKE TITLE WIN

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admitted “If I stay in the top eight this year, that for me will be like winning the World Championship.”

Card image cap

LINDGREN RETAINS RIDERS TITLE

Freddie Lindgren beat Belle Vue duo Max Fricke and Craig Cook to retain the SGB Premiership Riders Championship in Manchester on Saturday.