HANCOCK REVVED UP FOR 2020 CHANGES
Greg Hancock isn’t fazed by the introduction of rev limiters as they become compulsory in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series from 2020.
14 / 03 / 2019, 10:00
American star Greg Hancock says he isn’t fazed by the introduction of rev limiters as they become compulsory in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series from 2020.
The FIM confirmed the change in the rules over the winter months and advocates riders using the device to stop their bikes over-revving this year. But their use will be mandatory next season.
There are a lot of guys out there who have a different opinion and theory on how it works. The rev limiter will be more of a challenge for them than it will be for me.
The move has been made in an effort to reduce riders’ maintenance bills, with over-revving machines at the start line potentially causing serious and expensive damage to engines.
Hancock is known for not being too aggressive with his throttle hand or over-revving his bikes – contributing to one of the sport’s best reliability records.
And while the changes may force some riders to adapt their starting techniques and setups, Grin feels the changes will have little impact on him.
He said: “We all ride differently. I’m not a full-throttle kind of guy at the start. I ride a little bit old-school; I try to feel the engine and get the most out of it without beating it up.
“There are a lot of guys out there who have a different opinion and theory on how it works. The rev limiter will be more of a challenge for them than it will be for me.
“Most of the riders have tested or ridden with a rev limiter of some kind at some point. Some ignition systems are set up that way and other guys are playing with ignition systems that have limiters with a programme in them to adjust the ignition.
“I don’t think I’m the only guy who has tried them. I have tried them many times over the years with different tuners and I know how they work. I know the good points of them and the points you’re trying to avoid.”