Woffinden Wins Czech World Speedway GP

| May 20, 2013

Great Britain’s Tai Woffinden moved within a point of the World Championship lead after becoming the country’s first Speedway Grand Prix winner in nearly six years when he triumphed in the Mitas Czech Republic FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Prague on Saturday night.

God Save the Queen rang out across the Marketa Stadium after Woffinden beat Poland’s Krzysztof Kasprzak and the series’ bionic man Nicki Pedersen, who finished third despite breaking his left forearm just two weeks ago.

Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov was fourth after he was excluded for touching the tapes. He still left Prague as the World Championship leader after notching 17 points on the night.

Woffinden won four of his five heat rides and finished his five outings on 13 points, before working wonders to overhaul Pedersen and take the checkered flag in semi-final two.

He then exploded from gate one in the final to become the first Brit to win a Grand Prix since Chris Harris topped the rostrum in Cardiff on June 30, 2007.

Woffinden, who clinched the British Championship for the first time at Wolverhampton on Monday, will fly the Union flag in the Fogo British FIM Speedway Grand Prix at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on June 1.

There could not be more hype surrounding the 22-year-old, who is riding at the top of his game.


By John Hipkiss