2020 Speedway Grand Prix Betting Tip – Tai Woffinden Win

Woffy to win in 2020?

Speedway Grand Prix/Poland ©imago images / Ritzau Scanpix 30.03.2020

2020 Speedway Grand Prix
Speedway – International – Ten-Round Grand Prix Series
Tai Woffinden to Win
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 7/1 odds taken 1500 GMT, Friday 27 March

The upcoming 2020 Speedway Grand Prix will be the 26th season of the Grand Prix era. Over the course of the campaign, 15 permanent riders will battle over ten Grand Prix rounds in several European countries to become 2020 Speedway World Champion. Take a look at our betting preview, with the latest odds and top tips.

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A Background into Speedway

For those of you who are not too familiar with the sport, speedway is a motorcycle sport usually involving four riders competing four laps of an oval dirt circuit anti-clockwise. The fact that the bikes have one gear and no brakes makes this sport a fascinating watch.

Over the years, there have been many spectacular crashes and memorable races, with the Grands Prix being the pinnacle of the sport. The Grand Prix series is individual, while the Speedway of Nations, which is also run annually, is speedway’s international event, the equivalent to the FIFA World Cup in football.

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Speedway racing can be traced back to the early 1920s. Back then, the sport was making strides in Australia, with the first meeting in the United Kingdom taking place at High Beech on February 19th, 1928.

These days, tracks are usually around 260-425 metres long, taking the riders approximately one minute to complete four laps. The speed the bikes reach vary from track to track, but they can reach speeds of up to 70mph on the longer straights. The way the riders tackle the corners of the track is different to any sport – it really is unique, and certainly worth a watch.

2020 Grand Prix Series – Who Are This Season’s Championship Contenders?

Bartosz Zmarzlik: The Poland star won his first Speedway World Championship last term, pipping Dane Leon Madsen to the crown by just two points. Zmarzlik was consistent all the way through, scoring no fewer than eight points in a GP. Bartosz won in Slovenia, Poland and Denmark, collecting an impressive 132 points along the way.

Zmarzlik has only had two full seasons in the Grand Prix series, but the Pole has already turned himself into one of the big hitters. The 24-year-old will fancy his chances of retaining his title this season, especially as three of the ten rounds are in Poland. For a nation who love their speedway, Poland had to wait a long time for a World Champion. Will the fanatic Poles have another winner this year?

Leon Madsen: Dane Madsen was somewhat of an unknown entity on the world stage this time last season. He was making serious strides in the domestic leagues, but he really stepped up to the mark when given his chance in the Grand Prix series.

Madsen had a stunning first year in the series, missing out on the title by just two points. Zmarzlik was not given a moment’s rest in the race for the gold medal, as Madsen hung in there all season long. The 31-year-old is a late bloomer in the sport, and he could be set to have another solid year this season. Having won in Warsaw, Cardiff and Torun last term, can the Danish man build on those victories this year?

Tai Woffinden: Three-time World Champion Woffinden had a season to forget last year. A bad injury in the early months of his campaign put paid to any title aspirations, as the Brit ended the series outside of the top eight.

However, Woffinden is without doubt one the world’s best speedway riders, and he will hungry for success this season. The 29-year-old won the title in 2018, following on from gold medals in 2013 and 2015. 2020 is a big year for ‘Woffy’, and the Scunthorpe-born star is one of the bookies’ favourites to finish on top of the podium at the end of the series.

Emil Sayfutdinov: Russian rocket Sayfutdinov had a steady return to the Grand Prix series initially, but he was back to his blistering best last year. Emil was in the race for the World Title in the early rounds, but Zmarzlik did enough to get over the line in the end.

Sayfutdinov, who is 30 these days, has been around at the top for the last decade or so. In the 2019 season, Emil picked up a win in Sweden on his way to a third-place finish in the series. The Russian ace ended with 126 points, six behind eventual winner Zmarzlik. Sayfutdinov could be one to watch this season.

Jason Doyle: ‘Doyley’ worked his backside off to win his one and only World Championship back in 2017. The Aussie could and should have been champ the year before, but a bad, untimely injury ended his hopes that time. Naturally, since winning the title, Doyle has struggled to live up to the same high standards, but he’s still one of the world’s top riders.

Jason booked his place in this season’s series by finishing in the top eight last time around. The Australian ace had a strong finish to the Grand Prix season, picking up double figures in the last three rounds in Denmark, Britain and Poland respectively. Doyley, who is very popular among British fans, would love to be in the mix again this year.

Woffy Back On Top?

As previously mentioned, Tai Woffinden had a year to forget last time around. Without the injury early on, Woffy would have surely challenged for the title last term. Nevertheless, the three-time World Champion will be fitter and hungrier than ever this season.

On his day, Woffinden is unstoppable. The British fans, and speedway supporters in general, would love to see Tai back to his best. At the time of writing, Woffinden is priced at 7/1 to win the World Title, a price well worth having a look at.

Another Superb Season For Magnificent Madsen?

Madsen burst on to the Grand Prix scene in stunning style last season. Since bagging 13 points and winning the opening round in the Polish capital, the veteran never looked back, going on to win the last two rounds in Cardiff and Torun. In the final Grand Prix in Poland, Madsen secured a stunning 21-point maximum.

Despite an incredible first season, Madsen missed out on the title by two points. Nevertheless, the Dane could be a force to be reckoned with this season. Some bookies have Madsen as their favourite, with Betfred offering just 5/2.

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Can Zmarzlik Retain?

Bartosz Zmarzlik was incredibly consistent from start to finish last year. He pushed Woffinden close in the title race in 2018, which was his first season as a fully-fledged GP rider, and the Polish star went one better last term.

Zmarzlik has quickly turned himself into a real fans’ favourites, and the World Champion will no doubt be there or thereabouts in the race for gold this season. 7/2 is your best price at the moment.


2020 Speedway Grand Prix Betting Advice

Over the course of the gruelling season, there will be Grands Prix in Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Britain, Sweden, Russia and Denmark. The last GP of the series will take place in Torun in early October.


Key Facts – Speedway Grand Prix

  • There will be ten Grand Prix events this season, with three of those in Poland
  • The current Grand Prix series has been going since 1995
  • Tai Woffinden has won three of the last seven World Championships


All 15 permanent riders will be hoping to get off to a flying start when the series eventually kicks off. Last year, Madsen, who went on to finish second in the standings, won in the Polish capital in the opening round, with series winner Zmarzlik winning the next round in Slovenia. Getting off to a flying start is crucial in the race for the No. 1 spot.

After a quiet year last time around, three-time World Champion Woffinden will be out for redemption in 2020. If everything goes to plan in his league racing and the Brit can stay fit all season in the Grand Prix, I’m tipping Tai to secure his fourth world crown this year.


The best betting odds for 2020 Speedway Grand Prix Series

Leon Madsen to win: 3/1 at Bet365
Bartosz Zmarzlik to win: 7/2 at Bet365
Emil Sayfutdinov to win: 5/1 at Bet365
Tai Woffinden to win: 7/1 at Bet365
Jason Doyle to win: 12/1 at Bet365