Local speedway outfit Sparta Wrocław suffered a major blow yesterday when star rider Tai Woffinden was injured during Sunday’s race in Lublin.
Three-time World Champion Woffinden was attempting an ambitious outside overtaking maneuver when he made contact with a rival rider – sending him crashing into the dirt and the wall.
As a result of the crash, the Englishman fractured a vertebrae in his spine, broke his shoulder blade and bruised one of his lungs.
The injuries mean that Woffinden will be out for at least a month, hindering his world championship bid and Sparta Wrocław’s PGE Ekstraliga hopes.
UPDATE: after leaving hospital last night and making a 500km trip to wroclaw to see the spinal specialists and a MRI scan its actual Th4 that is broken along with with my shoulder blade at this point I’m out for one month and we will see how much my neck has healed in that period pic.twitter.com/FWI7qN9KpX
— Tai Woffinden (@TWoffinden) June 8, 2019
Without Woffinden Sparta did go on to win the contest 48-42, putting them into 2nd place in the league behind Unia Leszno. However the loss of the current World Champion is a devastating blow given how much his speed and talent brings to the team. It is feared that the star rider will not be able to turn out for Sparta again this season.