Tai Woffinden completed back-to-back FIM Speedway Grand Prix victories after taking gold in Malilla for the Swedish SGP.
The Team Great Britain captain, who is determined to continue his streak in Copenhagen and Cardiff, rode past championship rival Greg Hancock in the final to secure his second win in as many weeks following his victory at the Czech Republic SGP. Joining Woffinden and Hancock on the podium were Chris Holder and fourth placed Jaroslaw Hampel.
Following the competition in Malilla, Woffinden, who will chase his second consecutive British Championship at Wolverhampton on Monday, now sits on 63 points, holding a slim one point advantage over Hancock.
Hancock has tasted success at both PARKEN in Copenhagen and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, so Woffinden knows he will have to be at the top of his game if he wants to extend his winning streak to three, or even four.
“I’ve had a bad track record on the indoor ones, but hopefully I’m going to set that straight,” said Woffinden. “I’m going to work very hard until the end. I’m going to train my backside off to get ready and really push on. Anyone can win it – it’s one of those seasons. It’s going to be interesting for everyone. I struggled a little bit with setup at the start of the night, but as each race went on, I got faster and faster. I’m pumped to get the win and it was an all-Monster podium – that’s crazy. We’ll have to see how many more we can get.”
“I haven’t won a Grand Prix in Sweden yet and that’s the closest I have come so far,” added Hancock. “On the second start, I saw daylight right off the bat and I thought ‘it’s my race.’ I forgot Tai was in the race too, though. It’s one of those things. You’ve got to pick the right lines. I had a great night still. I’m feeling good and building momentum. It’s a long season and I’m ready to run them all the way.”
Meanwhile, triple World Champion Nicki Pedersen and Slovenia’s Matej Zagar were both charged with ungentlemanly conduct and fined €600 following on and off track altercations in the second semi-final.