THE world’s top speedway rider has hailed his “awesome” Glasgow experience – and the fans who turned out in huge numbers to back his return to racing in Scotland.
More than 2,000 people were at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium on Saturday to see World Championship leader Tai Woffinden and his Great Britain side take on Australia in a test match.
It was the two-time World Champion’s first meeting in Glasgow for nearly a decade – and he said he was amazed at the overhaul that had taken place on the stadium – praising the club for the work they’re doing to promote the sport.
The 27-year-old, who’s 20 points clear in his bid to become one of only 11 men to win three or more world titles, said: “I couldn’t believe the changes they’ve made at Glasgow, when I first walked in to the stadium I was so shocked.
“They’ve done an awesome job on the place, I’d heard a lot about it but to see it for myself was really cool and you have to take your hat off to the Facennas for the job they’ve done.
“It was almost 10 years since I last raced there and you can’t even recognise it, it looks great. Everyone at Glasgow put on a show and apart from the result it was an awesome event, it was nice to see so many fans turn up and support GB – it was so loud when we were on parade and that’s really cool.
“It just showed that if you put some time and effort in what you can do, so everyone at Glasgow deserves all the success they get because they do it properly.”
Despite scoring 12 points, Woffinden was on the losing side as Australia won 57-33.
But he said the experience of the test match alone should stand the national side in good stead as they look to cement their place back at the top of world speedway.
“We wanted to win of course, a lot of people came out wanting to see GB win and we were desperate to give them that but it wasn’t to be and the Aussie boys were on fire,” he said.
“They were really quick from the gate and once they got in front they were fast so it wasn’t easy for us, and we’re disappointed to lose by so many, but we’ve got to take a step back and look at the whole picture.
“One of the big things we want to do is get GB on track more often and this was the first step, since the new management team have taken over we’ve already started moving forward and getting a test match in already is massive.
“These meetings are about getting experience and getting together, so as long as we learn from it it’s not a negative at all.”