Batchelor struggles in Prague as Woffinden takes the honours

Robins' skipper Troy Batchelor

Robins' skipper Troy Batchelor

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

TROY Batchelor endured a tough night at the Czech FIM Speedway Grand Prix.

The Robins skipper can only manage three points in his four heats in Prague, all of them coming from third placed finishes.

However, the night belonged to defending world champion Tai Woffinden.

The Team Great Britain skipper made a sublime start in the final to leave double world champ Greg Hancock, Matej Zagar and triple champion Nicki Pedersen trailing.

This result puts him top of the World Championship on 46 points - level with Hancock.

The second SGP win of Woffindon’s career holds extra significance as seven of the last 10 world champs have won in Prague in their championship year, just as he did in 2013.

But the Scunthorpe-born rider is keen to make his own luck and not rely on omens. After struggling for speed at the opening rounds in Auckland and Bydgoszcz, he admits getting back into top gear has taken some hard graft.

After a second place in Tampere on May 17 and now a victory in Prague, Woffy is delighted his efforts have been rewarded.

He said: “It was a great night for me. I made starts and I worked hard. The rut I was in at the start of the season was pretty deep. I’ve never worked so hard to get out of it.

“I’m out of it now, but I need to keep building and get faster and faster. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.

“I didn’t expect to be leading at this point. The points at the moment are so close. We’ve still got a long way to go, though. I can’t count my chickens before they’ve hatched.

“I’ll keep pushing hard, working hard and make things right.

“I won’t do anything stupid. It’s all the same stuff a million people have said before me.”

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