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WOFFY WON'T RULE OUT LIONS RETURN

Double world champ Tai Woffinden is refusing to rule out a future return to GB colours at Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup level.

17 / 05 / 2017, 10:17

Double world champion Tai Woffinden is refusing to rule out a return to Great Britain colours at Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup level in the years to come.

The Scunthorpe-born ace insists he is taking a year out of the tournament but is keen to emphasise he has never said he has quit his nation.

I would like to represent GB in the World Games. It’s at my Polish track and they know I want to do it.

Tai Woffinden

Woffinden underlined his desire to represent GB in a special one-off FIM pairs event at this summer’s World Games, which take place at his Polish track Wroclaw on July 29. But he is currently being overlooked for a team place.

Woffinden said: “I’ve been consistent in what I’ve said. I am taking a year out of the World Cup but I’m not ruling out riding for Great Britain again next year.

“It’s always been my plan to take a week off during that time. Obviously I wish all the guys well, but it’s a week off for me and my wife, the last chance we will have to go away before the baby arrives – I’m not retiring from Team GB.

“I would like to represent GB in the World Games. It’s at my Polish track and they know I want to do it.

“I’ve had a chat with Alun Rossiter (GB manager) and explained things, but at the moment it seems I won’t be at the World Games which is a major disappointment for me.

“I didn’t know about the World Games when I made my decision to sit the World Cup out this year, but it is what it is and I guess we will just have to move on. As far as I’m concerned that’s the end of all the talk, I want to knock it on the head and not discuss it anymore.”

Woffinden was pleased with his semi-final appearance in the LOTTO Warsaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland at PGE Narodowy on Saturday.

“To get 13 points was a major step forward from the first round in Slovenia,” he said. “I’m sixth in the championship, but I’m trying not to pay too much attention to the standings right now as it’s all about where I am heading to Melbourne for the last round in October.

“I’m pleased with how things are going and I believe I can keep improving. I feel things are going pretty well right now.”

 

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