Triple world champion Tai Woffinden will get plenty of track practice in Esbjerg ahead of Great Britain’s FIM Speedway of Nations title defence after joining the Vikings for 2022.
Woffinden teased that he would be announcing a new club on Monday, with rumours suggesting he would be on his way to a Swedish or British side.
Instead, the Scunthorpe-born star, who also rides for Polish PGE Ekstraliga champions Wroclaw, will make his Danish Speedwayligaen debut for Esbjerg – sharing the team’s A-rider spot with former FIM Speedway Grand Prix star Niels-Kristian Iversen.
Woffinden is excited to be lining up for the Vikings – a club he believes is “going places” as he prepares to go for FIM SON world title No.2 with GB at the Granly Speedway Arena in July.
Posting on Facebook, the Brit wrote: “I’m looking forward to racing in Denmark in the league this year. It’s a league that I have always wanted to ride in but I never been able to do it because of my schedule being too busy.
“The team has big plans and I look forward to working with them and the guys in the team. Let’s see what we can do.
“The track looks really good, and the team has a lot of interesting talent. I love working with younger guys that want to learn more.
“Obviously Esbjerg Vikings are going places as hosts of the Speedway of Nations, and I look forward to having the Granly Speedway Arena as my new home track.”
Team boss Tom Paarup Madsen says the club’s blockbuster signing is another statement of their intent.
He told the Esbjerg official website: “This agreement is a clear mark of our ambitions. We want to develop this club, where a lot of exciting things are already happening, including the Speedway of Nations, and a rider like Tai Woffinden is a perfect match in relation to this.
“He is an absolute top rider who is among the very best in the world and he has just the right grades to fit into our team as someone who is willing to be a part of the club and the team. Our talks with him have shown the commitment that we want to build this club on.
“We have a strong backbone of Danish riders with a large local touch, and we want to supplement them with the best foreign riders, who are also ready to get involved in the project.
“We hope that this will be a long-term collaboration, and now we have a strong duo of A-riders with Tai Woffinden and Niels-Kristian Iversen, so we are ready to send a good team on to the track.
“With such an addition to the team, our goal is of course to be at the top of the Speedwayligaen. Tai is a three-time world champion, and Niels-Kristian Iversen has for years shown his qualities in the Danish league, so we have a good feeling about the coming season. Tai is pure quality, and we are of course extremely satisfied that he is part of the Esbjerg Vikings.”