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GRIN: EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF

American icon Greg Hancock insists it’s every rider for himself and admits there will be little home advantage when he lines up in Malilla.

09 / 08 / 2018, 16:33

American legend Greg Hancock insists it’s every rider for himself and admits there will be little home advantage when he lines up in the Betard Scandinavian SGP in Malilla on Saturday.

The Californian goes into the meeting as a Dackarna rider after making the move to the G&B Arena over the winter, joining SGP rivals Patryk Dudek and Maciej Janowski.

But even after racing all his Swedish Elitserien home fixtures there this year, Grin admits one of the sport’s finest race tracks offers him few home comforts when he faces the world’s top riders.

I know it’s my home track but it’s a lot different for the GP. You don’t have your team mates or the club there; it’s just you and your mechanics and the guys in your circle.

Greg Hancock

He said: “I know it’s my home track but it’s a lot different for the GP. You don’t have your team mates or the club there; it’s just you and your mechanics and the guys in your circle. I don’t want to think of it as an advantage because I have to treat it like any other GP.

“A lot of other guys have plenty of experience at that track and the conditions could be totally different to normal. You can’t bank on having any advantage.

“I have been scoring some good points there this year and we’ve got a good setup. But just like with any race, you have to get there and see how things play out.

“I feel good at the moment and my bikes are strong, I know they’re quick, so now it’s down to me to put them in the right places on the track.

“I always try to be a step ahead and we’re always working and testing to get even better and even faster.

"I never like to sit still and wait for things to happen – you have to make them happen.”

While the Norrbil Swedish SGP in Hallstavik was staged closer to Hancock’s home and Swedish family, he’s still expecting plenty of support in Malilla.

The 48-year-old, winner in Malilla in 2016, said: “I dig having my family and friends at the GPs and I hope that they feel the same way! Maybe after all these years they don’t, but I hope they do because I like having them there.

“I keep calling everyone like ‘you’re still coming right?’ and most of them come back every year, so I think they enjoy it. But it would be nice to win so they want to come back next year too.”

 

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