Saturday October 06, 2018
Jason Doyle handed over the title of world champion to Tai Woffinden in Torun, Poland on Saturday as the Scunthorpe-born rider won his third world individual crown.

Doyle's world championship defence eventually saw him finish in 7th place, a position that secures his place in the 2019 GP series.

After opening with a victory in heat 2 Doyle had two third places, a last and then a second behind Aussie compatriot Chris Holder in heat 17 to finish on 7 points, equal to that of Niels-Kristian Iversen but inferior on countback, thus denying a place in the semi-fina;s. Those seven points moved Doyle's series points to 93 four clear of Emil Sajfutdinov who squeezed in to the top 8 mainly due to the absence of injured Patryk Dudek.

Woffinden's title race challenge hung very much in the balance after he took a fall in his third ride the very heat in which he met his pursuer, Bartosz Zmarzlik. Having won the re-run of that one, Zmarzlik then took full advantage of a re-run heat 15 when Pawlicki lost control as Zmarzlik was mounting a challenge to go into third place. Victory in that re-start placed him within 5 championship points of Woffinden.

Zmarzlik met the only other unbeaten rider - Artem Laguta - in heat 19, the Russian prevailing in that one so with Woffinden winning heat 20 the Brit needed just one more point to secure the world title and that came with a second place in the second semi-final, Woffinden crowning his victorious night by going on to win the final for his 11th individual GP win and his third world championship title.

Championship Standings: T.Woffinden (139); B.Zmarzlik (129); F.Lindgren (109); M.Janowski (104); G.Hancock (102); A.Laguta (97); J.Doyle (93); E.Sajfutdinov (89); P.Dudek (84); M.Zagar (79); N.Pedersen (74); C.Holder (65); M.Vaculik (52); Pr.Pawlicki (36); C.Cook (30)

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