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Images from Round 8 of the 2017 Speedway GP season in Gorzow, Poland
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WOFFY AND DUDEK GO 1-2 AS TITLE RACE HEATS UP

Aug 272017

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a title race.

Tai Woffinden produced one of the best performances of his career to blow the Speedway Grand Prix title race wide open with victory in Gorzow, Poland and in the meantime he laid down a marker to his rivals – he’s a man on a mission.

Woffinden knows exactly what it takes to win a Speedway World Championship and now he’s got the bit between his teeth again it’s going to take something special to stop him adding to the two he already has.

From the very start Tai looked like the man to beat and in his seven races, he never finished out of the top two and his 18 points were a season best. He had to work hard for the win, especially in the Final where Monster Energy stablemate Patryk Dudek got his nose in front early on.

‘Duzers’ stalked and looked for a way back but Woffy rode a perfect four laps and took his first win of the season, and with series leader Jason Doyle back in third he cut the lead at the top to just eight points.

Dudek, who is one of the men trying to deny Tai, continues to defy his rookie status with podium after podium and his second place here puts him right in the mix at the top of the standings too.

Chris Holder's troubles continued as he scored just two points, and he's still battling with the machinery issues that have plagued him all season.

With four rounds to go it’s still all to play for here’s what the boys had to say.

 

Tai Woffinden

 

“It was really good tonight, it’s my best Grand Prix of the year so far and we’re just getting started now. I said before that I’m not in the lead, I’m chasing down the guys in front and the pressure’s on them which is a great feeling. It feels similar to 2013 when I did the same and the confidence I’ve got in my equipment and in my team is like 2015, I’m in a great position so it’s time to gun them down and stick it on them at the end.

 

“The last GP in Sweden was a turning point and I’ve been on a bit of a roll since then, it feels like it’s the start of things to come really. Everything is just working really well, it was nice to have my wife Faye with me tonight, our baby is due in November and that’s really exciting, we’re prepping the house and getting things sorted so everything is really good at the moment – I’m in a good place.

 

“I’ve been battling for the championship since 2013 and I’ve been in the exact position that the guys at the top are in and I wouldn’t want to be in it. It’s all to play for so game on.”

“I’m happy because I’m back in the game now, I needed to forget the last Grand Prix because I only got four points and it was a bad night. Today was so close to the win, it would’ve been amazing to win my first GP in Poland but second place is okay and I am happy with that.

 

“I feel I’m getting closer to my first win, maybe next time! We are working all the time with the bikes to improve, today was important to make good starts because if you could get in front you can get a good line and be faster, we worked hard and to get on the podium is nice.

 

“Of course we know the standings and where I am with the points, all the top riders before the meeting are thinking about a good score and what might happen but every round is different and you never really know what’s going to happen. I just focus on racing and then I see where we finish, now we focus on the next race in Germany and then after that Stockholm.

 

“I will just keep racing and working hard and we will see what happens on the end of the season, that’s all I can do.”

 

 

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