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SGP 2018: COOK-ING ON GAS?

SpeedwayGP.com builds up to #SGP2018 with the things we’re looking forward to this year. Today, we feature a man hoping to Cook up a storm.

30 / 01 / 2018, 11:09

SpeedwayGP.com builds up to #SGP2018 with the things we’re looking forward to this year. Today, we feature a man hoping to Cook up a storm.

After years of banking on Tai Woffinden to deliver FIM Speedway Grand Prix glory for Great Britain, there’s a second Lion in the SGP line-up this year. And like Woffy, he’s there on merit.

Cook blazed to victory in both his SGP qualifying quarter final and semi-final in Italy to earn a place at the GP Challenge in Togliatti. Some feared the mission to Russia would be a bridge too far for the Cumbrian, who has rarely competed outside the UK.

But their fears were unfounded. Cook took it to some of the sport’s finest, finishing fourth on the day. While only the top three were guaranteed places in SGP 2018, the Belle Vue icon got the call after Polish ace Patryk Dudek booked his spot in the top eight to qualify that way.

It has since emerged that a year which saw Cook win his first British Championship and ride at the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff was quite a stressful one.

But Cook is a man determined to better himself and he’s working hard to expand his team, ensuring he has all the people he needs around him to focus on the racing while others deal with the logistics and bike prep.

Having gone for a complete novice when he made his league racing debut in 2008 to taking on the best in the world just a decade on, it appears there’s more to come from the Rybnik racer.

He may not have even visited some of the SGP countries he’ll tour this year. But if he takes the biggest step of his career to date in his stride, he’ll soon be known well beyond the British leagues.

 

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