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Tai all revved up about return to British line-up; SPEEDWAY.


IN-FORM star Tai Woffinden says he's excited to be riding for Great Britain again.

The two-time world champion sat out of last year's World Cup but has now ended his exile after positive talks with national bosses.

The Wolverhampton asset will line up for GB in Event 2 of the Speedway of Nations at the National Speedway Stadium on Tuesday.

And sitting just one point off top spot in the World Championships, Woffinden says he couldn't be going into the competition in better form.

"I felt good last Saturday, the bike was working well for me and everything was going really well," he said.

| Tai Woffinden "I said in the build-up that Prague isn't one of my favourite tracks but I feel comfortable riding it and everything was falling into place.

"The result was still good for me, although I am disappointed by what happened in the final. I'm in a good position right now.

"I'm excited by the changes to the GB set-up. I've had some in-depth conversations with Rob Painter and the management team who have taken over, and we share a lot of the same ideas."

RECENT Cradley signing Alfie Bowtell has revealed how he almost signed for rivals Birmingham.

After a tough start to life in the Championship with Lakeside, the 21-year-old was desperate to bag another team spot to help rebuild his confidence.

It was the Motor Market Heathens he eventually chose and racked up a personal best of 17 points in last Sunday's win over Buxton.

Tomorrow they host the Hitmen at Monmore Green and Bowtell is aiming for another double-figure score.

"To only drop one point felt good last week and I'm enjoying myself," he said.

"Both Birmingham and Mildenhall had been on the 'phone and Will (Pottinger, Heathens team manager) had already spoken to me about Cradley.

"Birmingham were looking to replace Mitch Davey and they messed me about a bit, to be fair.

"So even though I'd already told him I wanted to do it anyway, that made my mind up and I got back to Will and I was soon signed up."

BIRMINGHAM take on Eastbourne in the National League at Perry Barr on Wednesday but will be without Jack Parkinson-Blackburn.

The 17-year-old dislocated his shoulder guesting in the Championship on Thursday and is set for a spell on the sidelines.



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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
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Date:Jun 3, 2018
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