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Greg Hancock Looking To Win Another Title
I really miss the fact that we no longer get any World GP Speedway coverage in the US. American Greg Hancock is leading the points with a good shot at another title. So I thought I would pass this on. Thanks to Lars Larson for bringing the subject up in a totally unrelated email thread – Chilly
American legend Greg Hancock admits he is still looking down at his rivals, even with a 22-point lead at the World Championship’s summit.
The Californian is firm favourite to lift his second SGP title – 14 years after he won his first in 1997. This would double the record for the longest gap between World Championship wins, which is currently held by Britain’s Peter Craven, who won his two titles in 1955 and 1962.
But Hancock is not planning any parties just yet. With Jaroslaw Hampel in red-hot form and on home shale in the FIM Enea Torun SGP of Poland tonight, the Leszno star could still improve on the silver medal he won last season.
And despite a dismal run of recent form, defending champion Tomasz Gollob scored a 24-point maximum at the Marian Rose Motoarena last year and will be looking to get his season back on track there. Hancock says he is ready to take them all on, though, and defend his position at the top.
“It’s Jarek, it’s Tomasz – there are a lot of guys there who can upset the apple cart.”
– Greg Hancock
“I’m maintaining the focus and I want to be the world champion. I’m going to go hard right to the end and right to the last heat.
“I feel confident. Everything is working great and I just have to keep the ball rolling.
“You can afford to be having zeroes and too many heats when you’re taking too few points. I’ll keep the gas on, keeping taking points and go for those finals.”
Hancock was happy with his efforts in the practice session on Friday afternoon. He said: “The track was okay. It started off a little on the hard and slick side, but in the end it finished up really nice.
“It was interesting because you had to keep making changes to your equipment all the time. But I feel we got a good setup. I’m ready for it.”
There is no doubt Australian champion Chris Holder and Polish international Rune Holta go into the meeting with an edge over their rivals as they race their Polish Ekstraliga home meetings in Torun.
With the track becoming grippier towards the end of practice, these conditions could suit both men down to the ground if the circuit is like that this evening.
“It’s obviously going to be to their advantage if it can be somewhat similar to what they are used to riding on,” Hancock admitted.
“Torun can be a tricky place to get to know and it’s not that simple in a way. There are not many who come here and hit it off right from the word go. But it’s the Grand Prix and you have the pressure of the whole thing, so it makes it tougher for everybody.”