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BEWLEY BOOSTED BY TEAM WOFFINDEN BACKING

Great Britain racer Dan Bewley admits the influence of Team Woffinden is helping him pick up the points in Poland’s PGE Ekstraliga.

10 / 04 / 2021, 10:08

Great Britain racer Dan Bewley hailed the influence of Team Woffinden as he picks up the points in Poland’s PGE Ekstraliga.

Bewley joined forces with triple world champion Tai Woffinden to earn Wrocław a 51-39 victory in their opening match against Toruń at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.

While Woffy topped the scorechart on 12 paid 13 points, Bewley built on his strong finish to 2020 by bagging a useful eight, which included victories over European champion Robert Lambert and 2012 world champion Chris Holder.

For this year I have built three new bikes and I built them with help from Tai. My equipment is good for this year. I am happy with it.

Dan Bewley

Bewley starred for Wrocław in last year’s bronze medal play-offs against Zielona Góra after Woffinden gave him the use of his bikes when his own season was ended by a broken hand.

The GB skipper’s support for Bewley has continued into 2021, and the Cumbrian admits Woffy and his lead mechanic Jacek Trojanowski have played a key role in guiding his preparations for the new season.

The Belle Vue favourite said: “For this year I have built three new bikes and I built them with help from Tai. My equipment is good for this year. I am happy with it.

“I am also working with Jaco. He’s kind of like a manager for me now. He organised most of it, to be honest.

“They just told me to get training and make sure I was ready for the start of the season. I knew the bikes would be ready and good. That’s how it worked out.

“The bikes are an important thing, but it’s about more than that. It’s about having the complete package. They have helped me prepare in other ways and make sure I am more organised with training and the way I approach meetings.

“Before I just turned up and raced and there wasn’t too much thought put into it. I was so busy with racing in Britain as well. I probably just didn’t take it seriously enough.”

Woffinden and Bewley weren’t the only Brits on form last night. Toruń star Lambert topped their score chart on 11 paid 12.

The sight of British riders making a big impression in the world’s biggest speedway league comes as a huge boost to the sport in the UK.

“It’s pretty cool,” Bewley said. “A couple of years ago, it was only Tai. Now we have a couple more riders in the league and it is better for British speedway. Hopefully we can just keep getting a little bit stronger every year.”

Bewley hopes more young Brits will see their progress and establish themselves in Poland. He added: “Poland is where you want to be in the sport at the moment. We have got there and there is no reason why any rider can’t get there.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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