HERBIE: BEST IS YET TO COME
Saturday 9th June 2012, 15:17
World Championship leader Greg Hancock says he is yet to reach his best form, as he bids to get a grip on top spot in the FIM Dansk Metal Danish SGP in Copenhagen tonight.
The Californian is two points clear of nearest rival Nicki Pedersen going into the meeting, but with Jaroslaw Hampel in sixth spot only 12 behind, the SGP title race is getting tense.
Hancock won the season-opening FIM Buckley Systems New Zealand SGP on March 31. He also finished fourth in Prague on May 12 and second in Gothenburg on May 26.
With so many riders closing on the top, the defending champion is determined to put some distance between him and his rivals in Copenhagen.
"Iâ€™ve come away from the last three rounds thinking Iâ€™ve definitely got more to offer. We havenâ€™t found the exact right everything. We just need to put it all together."
- Greg Hancock
And the 42-year-old is certain he can still go up a gear in his quest for title No.3. Asked whether there was more to come from him this season, he said: “Without a doubt.
“New Zealand was one of the best moments I’ve had so far this year, but I’ve come away from the last three rounds thinking I’ve definitely got more to offer. We haven’t found the exact right everything. We just need to put it all together.”
Hancock knows he isn’t the only man determined to emerge as a clear frontrunner. He said: “I think we’re all feeling the same way.
“Tonight will be a test to see who wants it the most. It’s a strong field and there are some really tough guys that we’re up against.
“I think it’s neat that the points have been up and down all the time and there has been a different winner every time. It’s awesome.
“It’s anybody’s game with eight rounds to go. It’s game on. Everyone wants to be aggressive and get the next win under their belt to get some points on the table.”
Hancock has never won an SGP event in Copenhagen and would love to do it in the venue’s 10th anniversary year.
The Swedish-based man, who has reached five finals at the PARKEN Stadium, said: “I’ve had a lot of finals and I haven’t won one yet, so of course I would love to win tonight and we’ll see what happens.
“The track was great in practice on Friday. They did a really good job preparing it – every year it has got better and better.
“It felt really, really fun to ride because you could go outside, you could go inside. It was more of a challenge trying to find the fastest line. It was a little bit slick, but you could still go on a variety of different lines. You weren’t stuck to one.”
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