RIDER REVIEW: TAI WOFFINDEN
SGP Rider Review is your guide to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars of 2016. Today we look back at Tai Woffinden’s season.
The Great Britain may not have retained his FIM Speedway World Championship crown, but the year still had a silver lining for Woffy as he snatched second overall.
Woffinden was in rock-solid form early in the season, reaching the opening three finals. His fourth place in Krsko and third in Horsens sandwiched a huge win in front of a loud Warsaw crowd at PGE Narodowy on May 14.
That turned out to be the Scunthorpe-born star’s sole victory of 2016, but his scoring didn’t drop below eight points in any round, meaning he only missed out on one semi-final in Torun.
Second places in Cardiff, Gorzow and Melbourne, coupled with injury heartbreak for title rival Jason Doyle, handed Woffy the chance to secure second place in the World Championship at the QBE Insurance Australian SGP in October.
He saw off main rival Bartosz Zmarzlik in a last-heat, silver-medal decider in the final at Etihad Stadium, penning him in third place to finish two points clear of the Polish shooting star.
Woffinden didn’t only enjoy success in the SGP series, as he starred in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Final for Great Britain, inspiring them to their first silver medal since 2004.
He also made a short and very sweet cameo in the British Elite League, ending the season with Wolverhampton. He helped them lift the title for the first time since 2009 after dumping champions Poole out of the play-offs in the semi-finals, before seeing off Belle Vue in the championship decider.
The 26-year-old arguably saved his best moment of 2016 until last, though. He recently married his partner Faye in Australia to ensure this year goes down as one the Woffindens will never forget.
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