DOING IT FOR DARCY
It’s been a tough week in the speedway world with Aussie superstar Darcy Ward suffering serious spinal injuries last weekend but the world’s best came together and put on an awesome show at the Polish GP.
The speedway-mad town of Gorzow played host to the world’s top 15 riders and Darcy was in everyone’s thoughts all weekend - and there were some tear-jerking tributes to the man known as ‘D-Dub’.
World Champion Greg Hancock wore a replica of Darcy’s own race-suit and both Tai Woffinden and Chris Holder paid personal tributes to their buddy on their bikes and helmets. It was an emotional night, but the boys gave an awesome show.
Woffinden is one fast, fast guy right now and he had a huge night - extending his championship lead by a mammoth 13 points over his nearest rival. He was untouchable for the first five races but just missed the holeshot in the Final - but he took third place and was stoked with his 18 points.
He said: “It’s good, I did the job I needed to do tonight. I said before that I was only working at 80% and everyone else is at 100%, you saw tonight what happens when I step it up. It’s the business end of the season and all I can do is keep focussed and keep working hard and see what happens.
“There’s still four rounds to go and I don’t expect Nicki to give up the fight, he’s going to push me all the way so I’m looking forward to it.”
Another man who left smiling was Hancock, who charged back to his best to finish in second overall. He was the fast-starting, super-smooth Greg that we’ve become used to seeing and he closed the gap to Nicki Pedersen in second in the series standings.
“It feels like this is where I’ve been wanting to do be all year, it feels good to get some big points, get back in the final and be on the rostrum again. It’s fantastic and something I want to get used to again - it’s game on!” said GH.
Nobody has been hit harder by Darcy’s injury than Chris Holder but he did his best mate proud. Chris has been by Darcy’s side all week but headed to Poland on Friday and he performed like a trooper - and the courage he showed to race says everything you need to know about him.
It was tough, but the riders put on a helluva show and did the sport proud. Now with four rounds to go, it looks more and more likely that Tai Woffinden will lift the world championship title for the second time. Stay locked into MonsterEnergy.com for all the latest.