Woffinden: “I’m still in with a shot at a third world title”


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Double world champion Tai Woffinden has insisted that he is still in with a shot at adding to his championship victory tally, ahead of the Adrian Flux British FIM  Grand Prix.

After five rounds, Australia’s Jason Doyle leads the way on sixty five points, level with Patryk Dudek who sits in second. Woffinden heads to Cardiff seventeen points behind Doyle in fifth place, but is still sure that he could land his third world title.

“I ride a motorbike for a living, it’s what I do, and I want to achieve as much as I possibly can in the sport. It really is as simple as that. For that reason it really is amazing that I get the chance to race in front of over 40,000 fans in a stadium like Cardiff.

“I’m still in with a shot at a third world title. That’s where I’m at ahead of the weekend and I’ll give it a good go.

“I’m looking forward to seeing my British fans and looking forward to riding in the UK. I just want the fans to remember I really appreciate their support.”

Chris Holder has won the British SGP two times, and is determined to improve on his current twelfth place in the standings.

“The event is huge – the whole Friday, Saturday and Saturday night. It goes off. Nearly everyone in British speedway is there and all your mates are there. It’s pretty mad. It’s a big couple of days.

“I’ve had a lot of good results there in the past and a couple of wins in 2010 and 2012. It’s always such a good feeling to have a good night there – it’s pretty incredible. Hopefully it can work out well and I can have another good night.

“As I found out when I won there in 2012 and then became world champion, you just need one really good night and a lot of points, and it does a lot for your confidence – your confidence in yourself and your bike. You know you’ve got it working and when it’s like that, it’s easy.”

Greg Hancock stood on the top step in 2004, 2011 and 2014 in Cardiff and wants to add to that tally.

“Cardiff is a great place,” he said. “Everybody knows that it was the beginning of a new era for speedway with these indoor arenas. It has the atmosphere, the track and the loyal fans, who have supported me and so many of the other guys for so many years at so many different venues and clubs.

“I’ve had some victories there, which I am very proud of. They stick in my mind as if they happened yesterday. I want nothing more than to go there and emulate that success. I haven’t been on top of the podium for a little while, so I’m looking forward to doing that again.”

The Welsh Government are fully backing the Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix, and speaking ahead of the event economy secretary Ken Skates said:

“Speedway has become a firm favourite in our events calendar and it’s set to be another thrilling event of action at the Principality Stadium over the weekend.

“The event attracts visitors from outside Wales and provides an economic boost to the city as well as being a showcase for the variety of events which Wales is capable of hosting.”