10 August 1990 |
|Current club information|
|Polish league||WTS Wrocław|
|Swedish league||Elit Vetlanda|
|2007-2008||Rye House Rockets|
|Speedway Grand Prix statistics|
|Starts||42 (plus 1 as Reserve)|
|2006||Western Australia Under 16 Champion|
|2007||Conference League Riders Champion|
|2007||British Under 18 Champion|
|2008||British Under 21 Champion|
|2008||Premier League Riders Champion|
|2013, 2014, 2015||British Champion|
|2014||Czech Republic Grand Prix|
|2013||Swedish Grand Prix|
|2006||Conference Shield Winner|
|2006, 2007||Conference KO Cup Winner|
|2006, 2007||Conference Trophy Winner|
|2006, 2007||Conference League Champion|
|2007||Premier League Champion|
|2009||Elite League Champion|
Tai Woffinden (born 10 August 1990, in Scunthorpe, England) is a speedway rider. In 2013 he became World Speedway Champion and currently rides for the WTS Wrocław in the Polish Speedway Ekstraliga and Elit Vetlanda in the Swedish Elitserien. Until the end of 2014 he also rode for the Wolverhampton Wolves in the British Elite League, but announced in late 2014 that he would not be riding in Britain during 2015 in his quest to regain his World Championship.
He is the son of former speedway rider Rob Woffinden. Although born in England and competing as a British rider, Tai grew up in Perth, Western Australia after his parents Rob and Sue decided to move down under in 1994 and he still considers Perth to be his home.
Woffinden began his career in junior speedway in Perth where he won the 2006 Western Australian Under-16 title, though he unfortunately missed riding in the Australian Under-16 Championship in Adelaide.
Woffinden started his British career with the Scunthorpe Scorpions in the Conference League in 2006. When he turned sixteen years of age he made his Premier League debut for the Sheffield Tigers as a guest rider. He is an asset of Wolverhampton Wolves after he signed a full contract with the Elite League side in 2006.
2007 saw Woffinden return to Scunthorpe in the Conference League and signed on a season's loan with the Rye House Rockets in the Premier League. In August 2007 he also signed for the Poole Pirates in the Elite League to ride at reserve, sharing the spot with Rye House Rockets team-mate Steve Boxall for the rest of the season.
Woffinden signed for the Rye House Rockets again for the 2008 season. He also made his debut for Great Britain in the Speedway World Cup, impressing with a win against world class opposition. He also finished third in the British Speedway Championship. This finish qualified Woffinden to be a track reserve at the British Grand Prix but he did not have an opportunity to ride. Woffinden has agreed to ride for his parent club, the Wolverhampton Wolves, for the 2009 Elite League season.
With the Scunthorpe Scorpions in 2006 he completed a clean sweep of Conference League trophies, winning the Championship, Conference Trophy, Conference Shield and the Knockout Cup.
In 2007, Woffinden became the youngest ever rider to appear in the British Championship Final but suffered injury in a crash and had to withdraw from the meeting. In September he became the Conference League Riders Champion and then two days later won the British Under 18 Championship.
The Rockets clinched the Premier League Championship in 2007 after beating the Sheffield Tigers in the final.
Woffinden became British Under-21 Champion in 2008. The event was held at the Arena Essex Raceway, with Woffinden only dropping one point in the qualifying heats and winning the final ahead of Adam Roynon and Ben Barker. Woffinden is the first rider to hold both the British Under-18 and British Under-21 title during the same season. He was also the first rider to be the British Under 18 Champion for two consecutive seasons. On 15 April 2011 Tai Woffinden won the British Under 21 Championship, held at the Arena Essex Raceway.
After his father's death from cancer in 2010, the Rob Woffinden Classic has become one of the biggest events for speedway bikes in Western Australia. Tai won the Classic named for his late father in 2012 at the 142 metres (155 yd) Pinjar Park Speedway in Perth.
In 2013 Woffinden won the Speedway Grand Prix series to become World Champion. Woffinden is the 8th British rider to become World Champion and the first one to hold the British Championship and World Championship in the same year since Gary Havelock in 1992. He is also the youngest World Champion in the modern day GP competition. He also won Motorcycle News Man of the Year Award for 2013.
- Individual World Championship (Speedway Grand Prix)
- Individual U-21 World Championship
- Team U-21World Championship (U-21 Speedway World Cup)
Speedway Grand Prix results
|2010||14th||49||7th||Debut in SGP season.|
|2011||25th||2||16th||Track wildcard at Cardiff GP.|
|2013||1st||151||1st||Six podium finishes including his first SGP win at the Czech Republic Grand Prix. He eventually finished the season as World Champion with 151 points.|
|2014||4th||121||1st||Four podium finishes including wins at both the Czech Republic and Swedish GP. He had to participate in a bronze medal race off with Nicki Pedersen but lost resulting in him finishing fourth in the overall standings for the world championship.|
- Prague (18 May 2013) - 1st place
- Gorzów (15 June 2013) - 3rd Place
- Terenzano (3 August 2013) - 2nd Place
- Daugavpils (17 August 2013) - 3rd Place
- Krško (7 September 2013) - 2nd Place
- Tampere (17 May 2013) - 2nd Place
- Prague (31 May 2014) - 1st place
- Målilla (14 June 2014) - 1st place
- Cardiff (12 July 2014) - 2nd place
- Tampere (16 May 2015) - 2nd place
- Prague (23 May 2015) - 1st place
- Malilla (25 July 2015) - 2nd place
- Gorzow (29 August 2015) - 3rd Place
Speedway European Championship results
- Oakes, Peter (2006). Speedway Star Almanac. Pinegen Ltd. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0.
- Woffy Sits Out Elite
- "Woffy a Wolf". BSPA. 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
- Bamford, Robert (2007-03-01). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3.
- "Tai Woffinden shines but Britain crash out". Daily Mirror. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-09.
- "Team GB in FIM Speedway World Cup race off". Daily Express. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-09.
- "Teen star Tai Woffinden wins World Cup place". Daily Mirror. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-09.
- "Nicholls regains British Speedway Championship". Daily Express. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-09.
- "Wolves Tai up Woffinden". Sky Sports. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
- "Tai takes national crown". WorldSpeedway.com. 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
- 2012 Rob Woffinden Classic Final
- "Tai Woffinden wins speedway world title in Torun", BBC, 5 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013