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WOFFY FUMES OVER HOLTA CRASH

Tai Woffinden says there are no long-term worries about his fitness after hitting out at Rune Holta’s role in their horror crash in Poland.

18 / 08 / 2017, 08:53

Double world champion Tai Woffinden insists there are no long-term worries about his fitness after hitting out at Rune Holta’s role in their horror crash in Czestochowa last weekend.

Woffinden was forced to sit out Tuesday’s meeting for his Swedish Elitserien side Masarna after the full force of the fall caught up with him. But he admits: “I’m a lucky boy!”

Woffy clashed with Lions’ Rune Holta during Wroclaw’s 47-43 Ekstraliga defeat – only their third of the season.

I feel battered and bruised, but I know it could have been so much worse and thank goodness it wasn’t. It was probably one of the worst crashes I’ve had in my career.

Tai Woffinden

He was able to take his place in the International Ekstraliga Individual Championship in Gdansk on Monday, where he notched seven points, but was clearly in discomfort. But Woffinden bounced back by winning last night’s Speedway Best Pairs event with SGP rival Chris Holder in Gniezno.

Reflecting on Sunday’s spill, Woffinden was far from happy with Holta. He said: “There was nothing I could do, Holta didn’t control his bike properly and I was sent crashing. It was a big one. I feel battered and bruised, but I know it could have been so much worse and thank goodness it wasn’t.

"It was probably one of the worst crashes I’ve had in my career. I really don’t know why he did it, but I know I could have been badly hurt but I’ll race on from here.”

Woffinden scored 14 in Saturday’s Teng Tools Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Malilla – and he felt a lot better on the bike.

He was trying a different engine, but insists it’s not the end of his long-term relationship with tuner Peter Johns.

He said: “I just tried something different in Malilla and it felt good. I was pleased with my performance and I felt good on the bike.

“Different riders try different things at times and I wasn’t the only one. I’m still working with Peter Johns and using his engines in Poland and Sweden in the league meetings, but I just wanted to try something different in the World Championship.

“That performance level is where I need to be in every round for the rest of the season. If I keep hitting 14, 15 points, something like that, then I’ll end up having had a good season. I’m fifth but with the chance to move up the standings, so I’m pretty satisfied right now and I’m just enjoying my speedway. That’s the key at the moment.”

 

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