Speedway Grand Prix

Tai Woffinden

2018 FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion

Born on 10 August 1990 in Scunthorpe, Great Britain

WOOFY, WOOFY, WOOFY!

Tai Woffinden became the first British rider ever to be crowned as a three-time FIM Speedway World Champion and secure his status as a true legend of the sport at the final round of the 2018 season in Toruń, Poland.

After another strong and consistent campaign, ‘Woofy’ headed into a title showdown with Bartosz Zmarzlik in front of 20,000 passionate fans at the Pole’s home round in Toruń needing just twelve points to claim the title. However, Zmarzlik produced an inspired performance to take four straight heat victories and keep the pressure on the British rider, who looked like he might have cracked in heat 11 when he crashed and suffered a suspected broken metacarpal in his foot.

Woffinden rode through the pain barrier and after a victory in heat 20 he took second place in the semi-final to wrap up the championship. The gritty Brit then rode with the shackles off in the final to win his second Grand Prix in a row and top the podium, inflicting Artem Laguta’s sole loss of a sensational night.

The championship runner-up spot for Zmarzlik, upgrading the bronze medal he won in 2016 to silver, was just reward for a strong season that included a famous win at Woffinden’s home round in Cardiff, whilst Lindgren’s first ever World Championship medal was the ideal way to bounce back after his 2017 season was ended by a spinal injury.

Woffinden, who also took gold in 2013 and 2015, surpasses fellow countrymen Freddie Williams and Peter Craven on two world titles and has already set his sights on matching Ivan Mauger and Tony Rickardsson’s record haul of six. His more immediate target for next season, though, is to retain the title for the first time and become only the third rider to do so in the SGP era since 1995.

PALMARES

3 World titles – 2013, 2015, 2018

Jason Doyle

2017 FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion

Born on 6 October 1985 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

DOYLE'S DATE WITH DESTINY

A little over twelve months ago, Jason Doyle was lying in a hospital bed watching the final round of the 2016 FIM World Speedway Championship in Melbourne. Having led the field for most of the series his hopes were dashed when a bone crushing crash in the penultimate round in Torun ended his title aspirations. Fast forward to October 2017 and the picture is very different. In front of his home supporters as well as his friends and family, the 32-year-old finally achieved his ambition and won the final round in Melbourne to take the title by a margin of 19 points.

Some doubted that Doyle would be capable of challenging again for the biggest prize in Speedway but the tough Australian silenced his critics with a strong performance in the opening round in Slovenia. After the third round he took the lead in the overall classification, which he never relinquished and set a new record by reaching the Final in ten out of the twelve Grand Prix rounds. It was this consistency through the season that gave him an edge over his fellow racers.

Even another injury in Torun, where he crashed whilst riding for his Polish League club and suffered a broken foot, could not disrupt his flow. Amazingly, with a plate in his foot and suffering great pain, he returned just six days later to score a remarkable 15 points in Denmark. Poland’s Patryk Dudek marked a remarkable debut season in the silver medalist position, whist two-time champion Tai Woffinden took third place after a late season surge.

PALMARES
World title – 2017