TAI Woffinden: Mistakes cost me

TAI Woffinden says mistakes proved costly in Saturday’s Tegera ® Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand Prix.

The Wolverhampton, Vetlanda and Wroclaw racer managed seven-points in Stockholm’s Friends Arena and goes into the final round of the series 15 behind series leader, the legendary Greg Hancock.And Scunthorpe-born Woffinden has also found himself relegated to third in the championship by Polish star Krzysztof Kasprzak.“I made some silly mistakes, I have to say that,” he said. “I won my first ride, then when I finished second in the next I decided to change my setup and, with the benefit of hindsight, I should have left it alone.“But that’s how desperate I was to stay in the hunt for the world title. I’m not saying it’s over, but realistically it’s unlikely I will retain my title from here.“I also made mistake in the way I rode the bike in the latter part of the meeting and I’m kicking myself for that – but I’m still young and I’m still learning all the time!”Woffinden is still in only his third season as a Grand Prix rider and remains on course for a medal when the series concludes with the Borygo Torun FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland on October 11.“When you look back at the way I started the season, to even be in with a chance of the title is amazing because I was so low after the second round in Bydgoszcz and I didn’t know which way to turn,” he said.“So I’m going to Torun next week for the final round of the GP series looking to finish with a rostrum spot.”Woffinden says his hand injury is improving and he was almost pain free in Stockholm.“It’s getting there,” he said. “But I still have moments when I get serious pain from it, but it’s a lot better than it was.”Meanwhile fans attending Woffinden’s evening on stage in Wolverhampton on Sunday, October 19, can donate to his charity.There will be collection buckets for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, plus a donation will be made from the Cleveland Arms as the staging venue for the event.

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