GRIN: BACK AT MY BEST
Greg Hancock insisted “I know we’re quick enough to win the championship again” as he prepares for the ANLAS Czech SGP in Prague.
21 / 05 / 2018, 11:11
Four-time world champion Greg Hancock insisted “I know we’re quick enough to win the championship again” as he prepares for the ANLAS Czech SGP in Prague on Saturday.
The Californian made his FIM Speedway Grand Prix comeback at the BOLL Warsaw SGP on May 12, scoring eight points.
He fell just short of the semi-finals on countback. But having sat out most of the 2017 season after undergoing shoulder surgery, Hancock was delighted to be back and prove he’s still very much a force on the sport’s biggest stage.
I’m happy and pleased because I am back in the Grand Prix again and I’m back racing at my best.
He said: “I’m happy and pleased because I am back in the Grand Prix again and I’m back racing at my best.
“I made a few small mistakes, but now I know I’m quick, I’m good at the starts and my bikes are fast. Now it’s just about me relaxing a little bit and riding the bike a little bit more purely rather than trying to fight it all the time.
“I feel good, though. I had a couple of good races. I have room for improvement for sure. But I know we’re quick enough to win the championship again, so it’s all about me putting everything in the right place now.
“Every heat got better for me. Even if I didn’t win or make it to the final, I’m pleased because I made progress again.
“I went down one time, but everything is fine. I know I’m dropping the clutch on time and I’m quick enough to beat the best guys. It’s just for me to ride the bike like I normally do and go win races.”
Hancock has had a different build-up to this year’s SGP series, competing in the Polish Second Division with Rzeszow, while all his rivals – bar Rybnik rider Craig Cook – race in the PGE Ekstraliga.
Grin’s decision to help Rzeszow’s determined bid for back-to-back promotions to the top flight raised plenty of eyebrows during the winter.
Asked whether competing in the lower league could affect his SGP form, Hancock replied: “I don’t look at it like that. The races I’m doing are still hard.
“It has been a slower start to the year. The weather was kind of funny at the beginning.
“Now it has kicked off and we have practised a lot. But you need to be racing. The regular season is going – Sweden is every Tuesday, Poland every Sunday and a Grand Prix every two weeks. We have a routine now and I like that.”