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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.”

 

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