American Icon and Speedway legend Greg Hancock, has shown deviancy in the face of adversity after a tough event in Auckland to kick start the season. Hancocks attention fixated on returning to the top for the second Speedway GP round in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Topping the scorecards after the heats in joint first with eventual winner Krzysztof Kasprzak, Greg made his ambition clear. Even at 44 Greg can mix it and beat the best on a world stage, he maintains the same drive and determination that helped him to two world titles.
When asked if his NZ woes spurred him on, he said: “Without a doubt; I felt so good again at the end of practice on Friday and I knew not to count my chickens before they hatched. I knew I had to go out there and take each heat as it came. You’ve got to have those achievable goals and it worked out well."
“Things started out much better this time than in Auckland. I wasn’t hard to be better than last time! I just tried to back up a little bit and be smart. It paid off this time and I feel really good.”
Greg now sits fourth in the overall championship with 22 points, level with Jaroslaw Hampel, Ex- Poople pirates team mate Chris Holder, and Martin Smolinski. They trail championship leader Kasprzak by 12 points.
Speedway GP heads to its maiden event in Tampere, Finland. Experience will pay dividends in learning the new track and adapting to be the fastest, the Californian relishes the challenge and looks to continue his good form.
He said: “I’ll make it my mission to figure the track out as quickly as possible. It’s open game for everybody and that’s what is fun about it. Nobody really knows what line is going to be the fast one until the tapes go up. I’ll give it my best shot.”
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