Team GB skipper and two time speedway World Champion Tai Woffinden has stepped down from his position with the national side, and will not compete in next year’s Speedway World Cup.
Woffinden has stated that ‘issues behind the scenes’ had contributed to his decision, but hasn’t ruled out a return to the team in the future.
The 26 year old, who is looking to successfully defend his world championship in this year’s grand prix, led Team GB to runners up behind Poland in last month’s World Cup final.
In that meeting at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester, Woffy scored 19 of his sides 32 points.
Even without the two time world champion in their side, it remains unlikely that Team GB will win the event for the first time since 1989.
His statement read: “I’ve made a decision to sit out the 2017 Monster Energy SWC but I remain proud to represent Great Britain in the Grand Prix.
“We’ll see where we are at in 2018. Who knows? I may be back for that. I’ve enjoyed representing Great Britain and meeting up with all the fans at Belle Vue was great for me.
“And I can never forget the reception the fans gave me at Cardiff. That was a special moment and I really appreciate all the support from my British fans.
“I can also confirm I won’t be looking to switch nationalities and ride for Australia; that’s not part of my thinking.
“I wish Great Britain all the best for next year’s competition, but it’s time for me to take some time out.”
Woffinden returns to England when he is reunited with former club Wolverhampton Wolves, of which he won the Elite League in 2009.