GREG HANCOCK ADDED CZECH CHARGER VACLAV MILIK TO HIS HANCOCK HAJ GRAND PRIX TEAM, AND ADMITTED “HE WAS AWESOME IN THE GPS HE RACED IN.”
Four-time world champion Greg Hancock added Czech charger Vaclav Milik to his Hancock Haj Grand Prix team, and admitted “he was awesome in the GPs he raced in.”
Milik joins forces with Hancock and Chris Holder in the newly-launched stable, offering riders support on an off the shale.
The Pardubice icon has established himself as the Czech Republic’s top star and he has been named as second reserve for this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.
HE SHOWED LAST YEAR WHAT HE CAN DO, SO IF HE GETS A CALL TO RACE WE’LL BE THERE WITH HIM AND HE’LL BE A BIG PART OF OUR TEAM.
Milik scored a very healthy 31 points in three appearances last term, including his third place at the Mitas Czech SGP in Prague. And his efforts didn’t escape the notice of Hancock and chief mechanic Rafal Haj, who have launched the new team.
The Californian legend said: “When I was injured, I had some time to watch some guys a little bit closer and Vaclav was one of those that I was really impressed by. He was awesome in the GPs he raced in.
“Rafal has worked with him quite a bit over the last couple of seasons and he is a big fan. He works really hard and he wants to learn and improve. You can see in his scores how much he is improving. Every year he seems to get better and I think he was probably a little bit unlucky to be only second reserve next year.
“We know he might not race in many events, but over the last few seasons we’ve seen the reserves getting a lot of races. Sometimes the second reserve can do half a season or more, so we thought it’d be good to be ready if he gets the call. He really fits in with what we’re trying to do. He’s somebody who has a huge future and we want to help him along the way.
“He showed last year what he can do, so if he gets a call to race we’ll be there with him and he’ll be a big part of our team.”
Milik hopes being part of Hancock Haj Grand Prix will help him continue his rapid progress in the sport.
The Wroclaw star said: “I’m really happy to join HHGP and it’s going to be really cool. I know Rafal well and he helped me a bit last season so it’s great to be working closely with him again.
“I still have a lot to learn so it will be a good experience to race alongside Greg and to learn more from him and the team. They have a lot of knowledge and experience so I want to learn as much I can.
“Last season was a good one for me and I loved the GP’s I raced in. It made me want to race in more events, so hopefully this season I get my chance. You never know what will happen, so I will make sure I’m ready, and if I get a chance then I have to take it.”