MISSING A BEAT
Greg Hancock admits he has been missing the extra edge which carried him to the title in 2011, but is determined to recapture it in Torun.
04 / 10 / 2012, 09:36
World champion Greg Hancock admits he has been missing the extra edge which carried him to glory in 2011, but is determined to recapture it in the title-deciding FIM Torun SGP of Poland on Saturday.
The 42-year-old is third in the standings on 135 points – 10 behind series leader Chris Holder and eight adrift of Nicki Pedersen in second.
Despite leading the standings for much of this season, Hancock’s form has dipped in recent rounds and he has failed to notch double figures at the last three events in Cardiff, Malilla and Vojens.
A big performance at the Marian Rose Motoarena could still see him become a triple world champion. And Hancock is keen to find the missing ingredient needed to make it happen.
Consistency is one thing, but you have to step it up once in a while too. Perhaps thatâ€™s the part Iâ€™ve been missing.
He said: “I will not give up hope. I haven’t had the best of runs in the last couple of Grand Prix events, but I haven’t had bad runs either. It just shows you that consistency is one thing, but you have to step it up once in a while too. Perhaps that’s the part I’ve been missing.
“I’ve had a little bit of bad luck too, but the other guys can say they’ve had some bad luck. That’s the game; that’s racing.
“I could sit back and kick myself in the teeth for the things that have happened and the things I could have made happen. But that’s the beauty of hindsight.
“I’m not giving up hope on the World Championship yet. I’ve got a great shot at it still. I’m going all out to take all the points I can and overtake both those guys.”
Hancock has a rock-solid season in the SGP series by any standard. But he admits small differences count for a lot.
He added: “The difference with winning and finishing with 10 points in a Grand Prix or taking 15/18 points is so small.
“That’s not a bad thing, but you really can’t afford to miss that little bit of a beat I’ve been missing. I can put it down to nothing except the fact I maybe haven’t hit it right on the night.”
Some have claimed Hancock gained his title-winning advantage in 2011 by mastering the new silencers introduced for that season’s World Championship better than any other rider.
Asked whether he felt his rivals had caught up, he replied: “I think everybody has just caught up in general. The racing is getting better and the guys are getting better. They’re getting mentally stronger and their equipment is getting faster.
“It’s a combination of things. I don’t feel I’ve hit quite the form I had last year in my own mind. I’ve been trying to find it all the time, but it has probably been my weakest point. I haven’t hit that flowing form for one reason or another.
“I know I can do better and that’s one of the key aspects of my career is I keep charging. I always know I can be a little bit better.”