REIGNING world solo champion Tai Woffinden returns to Pinjar Park Motorcycle Speedway tonight to race in the 10th annual classic named in his late father’s honour.
Woffinden, who has begun preparations to defend his 500cc world title, delayed his return to the UK to race in the Rob Woffinden Classic and help establish his WA home club’s new 330m track on which he won a maiden State senior solo title two weeks ago.
He won the classic in 2012 and is listed among international riders who have won it since its inception in 2009 such as Freddie Lindgren (Sweden) and Ricky Wells and Gino Manzares (US). WA’s Cam Heeps also has his name etched on the trophy.
Woffinden said he was stoked to be racing in the January 19 classic.
“The event will be run over 40 heats with solos and sidecars and will be an awesome night for all the family,” he said.
“You might pay for the whole seat but you will only use the edge.”
The junior speedway field is slightly depleted this weekend as Luke and Declan Killeen compete in the Australian titles for 125cc and 250cc.
The sidecars will be there in force as they get more track time in preparation for the Jeff Gittus Sidecar Memorial.
The Speedway Club of WA thanked Indian and Victory Motorcycles for sponsoring the classic for the second year in a row.
The pre-program starts from 4.45pm. Entry is $25 and children free.
ROB WOFFINDEN CLASSIC 2019
Solo riders making up the field: