Tai Woffinden settles for silver in Speedway World Championships

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Wolverhampton's Tai Woffinden secured a silver medal in the 2016 Speedway World Championships.

The double Elite League winner finished second in the final in Australia, one place ahead of rival Bartosz Zmarzlik, to end this season's series as runner-up.

Woffinden finished on 130 Grand Prix points – nine behind 46-year-old American Greg Hancock who was crowned world champion for a fourth time.

Despite being unable to retain his crown, Woffinden is determined to make a strong push for glory next year.

"I haven't been at my best this season but I've still managed to get a silver medal which I have to look at as a positive going forwards," said Woffinden.

"I'm obviously not happy with how things have gone at times this year but I'll be back for sure because I want to win as many titles as I can – but fair play to Greg for this year. Greg is just a legend in every sense of the word. Legend is used regularly in sport, sometimes maybe too easily, but this guy truly deserves that label.

"Greg has been amazing again this year and if I can hold as much enthusiasm as he does when I'm his age, then I'd be more than happy for sure."

Fellow Wolves duo Sam Masters and Freddie Lindgren endured tougher nights in Melbourne, as they scored two and six points respectively.

Masters came in as an injury replacement for Jason Doyle while Lindgren finished the year in 11th place on 88 points.

It's been an encouraging year for Lindgren who has already confirmed his place in the 2017 series after qualifying from the GP challenge earlier this year.

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