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Images from the 2016 Monster Energy Speedway World Cup Final


Jul 312016

There’s around 8000 people in Manchester, England right now that are just about getting their breath back.

That’s because they witnessed one of the most intensely brilliant speedway meetings in recent memory as Poland won the 2016 Monster Energy Speedway World Cup in England’s National Speedway Stadium.

It’s hard to know where to begin with a meeting so epic but first thing’s first; one huge hat-tip needs to go to a young Polish side who showed heart, guts and nerves of steel to win yet another SWC title and reaffirm their status as the most powerful nation in world speedway.

It was never going to be straightforward with four nations all putting everything on the line and Australia, Great Britain, Sweden and Poland produced an all-time classic, quite literally throwing their bikes at each other in some races.

Woffinden scored 19 of Britain’s 32 points and toasted the result afterwards, saying “It feels awesome to get silver, before the race we said we’d focus on bronze and if we got ourselves into a position to get more we’d deal with it then.
“We were the underdogs really, nobody expected us to do anything but at one stage we were right there with Poland and we pushed them. Obviously the ultimate goal is to win the tournament but it’s nice to be back on the podium because it’s been a while. The boys worked hard and we pulled something out.
“It was a good night for me, I felt really good on the bike and I’ve got fast engines so it was fun. It was a hard meeting because it’s the best riders in the world on a great racetrack so it’s always going to be a good mix. When everyone is so fast it makes it fun and it was an enjoyable one to race in.

“The Polish guys have an amazing structure and they have so much talent, they deserved the win so congratulations to them because they were the best team on the night for sure.”
The fourth placed team was Race-Off qualifiers Australia, who couldn’t quite reach the heights of Friday night when they saw off fierce competition from Denmark, Russia and USA to make the Final.
They were hit by an injury to young sensation Max Fricke and even though they were never far off the lead, they just couldn’t bully their way into the medal picture and they’ll lick their wounds and go again next year.
It may be just hours since the chequered flag went down after the last race, but we already can’t wait for next year.