Bournemouth EchoSpeedway Grand Prix: Ward desperate to close gap on rivals (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Speedway Grand Prix: Poole Pirates' Darcy Ward desperate to close gap on rivals

Bournemouth Echo: PIRATES STAR: Darcy Ward PIRATES STAR: Darcy Ward

DARCY Ward acknowledged he has little margin for error in his quest to make up ground on title frontrunners Tai Woffinden and Greg Hancock in tomorrow's Danish Grand Prix (6pm BST).

Poole’s captain slipped further behind the table-topping duo with just six points in Malilla, Sweden a fortnight ago as current world champion Woffinden won his second successive Grand Prix ahead of second-placed Hancock.

The pacesetters have contested the finals of the past three meetings in speedway’s ultimate stage and with the series set to hit the halfway stage in Copenhagen, the need to chop the 12-point gap to the summit is not lost on Ward.

Pirates’ Aussie ace told the Daily Echo: “I definitely need some good points. Woffy is in really good form and I need to catch up.

“If I can make back three or four points then that will be a win for me because there is still a long way to go but Tai is a man on a mission, he’s absolutely flying and is making better starts than anyone.

“Greg is still killing it at the age of 44 as well, I ride with him at Sweden and I don’t know how he does it – I definitely won’t be doing that at his age – but they are both making a real statement.

“They both keep making the podium and are the two big contenders in my eyes. They will be tough to beat but so am I and there is still everything to play for.

“I’m riding pretty well everywhere without scoring as well as I would like. My starts have sometimes been inconsistent, but the past week has been pretty good.”

Meanwhile, Hancock says he has not changed his mind over a return to British speedway.

But the two-time world champion, who helped Pirates to Elite League title glory in 2013, refused to rule out a comeback.

The veteran American, racing in Poland and Sweden this year, said: “I would never rule out a comeback to Britain but it’s not in my immediate plans.

“I’m quite pleased with the schedule that I run now so I don’t foresee that I would do what I did last year again.”

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