News story – Carmen

Double speedway world champion Tai Woffinden heads to Poland this weekend continuing the defence of his crown.

He will be riding another strong field in the second round of the championship, taking place in Warsaw, a country he knows well.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to it after riding club speedway in Poland and Sweden.  I can’t wait to see the new track, and I’m ready for the challenge” he said.

“The competition is more fierce than ever this year, but with the new shape of the track, it’s more of a level playing field, and whoever learns fastest, will be the fastest.”

Other multiple speedway champions, Greg Hancock and Nicki Pedersen had indifferent starts to the season but will be looking to bounce back over the 23 heat meeting.

Hancock wants to improve on his 10 point haul in Slovenia, and is cautiously optimistic having seen the new venue.

He said: “So far the track looks great. There are a few lines to pick from, which makes it both exciting and tricky because you’re trying to find the best line and that can change as the meeting goes

“The inside looks like it is quite well packed, but relatively slippery. The outside is grippier because riders were pushing dirt towards the edge, so there may be some interesting moves come Saturday evening.

“With the layout of the temporary tracks, they all feel similar, but this one is nice because they have given us more room to push.

“You feel like you have space and can run in two or three different places and not feel at a disadvantage.”

The current leader of the Speedway GP is former champion Chris Holder, who is back to full fitness after two seasons plagued by injury, and is looking to add to his championship victory in 2012.

“It’s good to be back to winning ways again, and going to Poland always gives a huge boost.

“With 50000-plus in the arena, there are bound to be nerves, but the best of us thrive on that, it gives us an edge and makes you bring your best to the meeting.”

 

 

I have a keen interest in Speedway, and I know personally Tai Woffinden who is mentioned within the interview.  All interviews were sourced from the online Speedway GP Media Briefing, which was held on 12th May 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.

The target audience for this news story is the sports pages of local/regional newspaper together with selected tabloid national newspapers that cover speedway on a regular basis.