WOFFY'S TESTIMONIAL BLOW
Tai Woffinden says the BSPA has “robbed the British public of the chance to see me in action” after they declined his testimonial bid.
15 / 12 / 2016, 11:22
Double world champion Tai Woffinden says the BSPA has “robbed the British public of the chance to see me in action” after they declined his request for a testimonial meeting.
Woffinden has confirmed an application made to the British Speedway Promoters' Association for a meeting marking 10-years of racing in the UK has been turned down.
The Scunthorpe-born star hasn't ruled out racing in the UK again - although he admits he is unlikely to do a full season due to his busy schedule elsewhere.
It's not about financial reward or anything like that; I just wanted to stage a meeting of celebration.
The rider paid tribute to Wolverhampton promoter Chris Van Straaten for pushing for the benefit meeting for him.
Woffinden said: "I would firstly like to thank Chris for making representations on my behalf. It would have been great to have a day or night of celebration in the UK.
"I enjoyed going back to Wolverhampton in August and would never rule out doing it again. It's just my views haven't changed on doing a full season in England. But I won two league titles with Wolves, perhaps there will be more to come in the future, and I remain proud of what I have achieved in British racing.
"It would have been a great chance to celebrate with my British fans, but sadly this chance has been taken away from me and I'm naturally disappointed.
"I hope this matter can be revisited in the future because I'd also like to think the UK fans haven't seen the last of me!
"I'll be representing GB in the Grand Prix and trying to become world champion for a third time - but that's clearly irrelevant to some people within the BSPA.
"I have no choice but to accept the decision, even though it has robbed the British public of the chance to see me in action. It's not about financial reward or anything like that; I just wanted to stage a meeting of celebration."