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RIDER REVIEW | GREG HANCOCK

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the SGP class of 2018 got on. Today, we feature American great Greg Hancock.

29 / 12 / 2018, 12:00

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the SGP class of 2018 got on. Today, we feature American great Greg Hancock.

The Californian returned to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix line-up as a wild card after missing the final six rounds of 2017 following surgery on a badly dislocated shoulder, sustained in a freak fall on the stairs at his Swedish base.

With Hancock turning 48 in June, some questioned how well he would return after a lengthy injury layoff. But Grin proved once again he is still one of the best in the world as he raced to fifth in the World Championship.

It was an unremarkable start to the year as rider No.45 recorded eight points in Warsaw – not quite enough for a semi-final place – before scoring seven at the Czech SGP in Prague.

But business picked up in Horsens. Hancock powered back on to the podium with third place at the WD-40 Danish SGP, scoring a season-best 16 points.

Another 10 followed at his local track Hallstavik, before Grin roared back into the Cardiff final, finishing fourth on 12.

This left him a solid sixth in the standings, but disaster struck at the Scandinavian SGP in Malilla, where he could only register three from five rides, dropping him to seventh.

But it was merely a blip for the Whittier-born racer, who bounced back with 10 in Gorzow, before claiming third place in Slovenia and 15 huge points to keep his medal hopes alive.

Fourth place in Teterow and 12 points certainly helped his cause, but nine in Torun wasn’t enough to fire Hancock higher than fifth.

But his 102-point tally left him just seven short of third-placed Freddie Lindgren, who ended on 109, and there’s no doubt Grin will be out to ensure he isn’t absent from the medal rostrum for a third straight season as he chases title No.5.

 

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