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HANCOCK BACK WITH A BANG

Jun 112017

Form is temporary, class is permanent.

That's how the old saying goes and yet again Greg Hancock proved it with an incredible 18 points from a possible 21 at the Czech Republic Speedway Grand Prix as he kick-started his world title defence with a second place finish.

It has been a tough start to the season for the current and four-time World Champ but his campaign is now alive and kicking after a huge points haul in Prague, topping the score chart and only losing out on the overall victory to Australian charger Jason Doyle.

Tai Woffinden had a night to forget, not only did he miss out on the semi-final’s but he finished the race to find that his house in the UK had been robbed and some of his most valuable possessions – including his World Championship medals – had been stolen.

 

Here’s what the guys had to say after another crazy SGP round;

“It feels good to be back, it’s been a tough start but it feels like we are back where we belong now and we can build on it from here.

“Everyone knows we’ve had some troubles with the equipment and we’ve worked so hard to try and get it right, the guys have been working non-stop to try and find something for me that works and straight away tonight I knew we’d found something.

“We got off to a good start and that was huge for us, it makes a big difference when you can get points on the board early and I felt great on the bike, I was making starts and I knew that I always had a chance here if I could do that.

“After the last two rounds I needed some big points and I can’t complain at 18 points, it was just what the doctor ordered really and now we can go to the next round with some confidence and see what we can do there."

“What can I say? I feel good, it was important to get to the Final and another important 13 points. I was close to the podium but I didn’t have good speed in the last race and the other guys were faster so maybe next time.

 

“I don’t feel too much pressure to win my first event, as long as I keep getting more than 10 points in every round that is the most important thing. Maybe next time I’ll win but who knows? Mark Loram won the World Championship without winning a GP all season – maybe I can do the same.

 

“I have never ridden in Horsens (the next venue) so I’m hoping that it’s the same as Warsaw. Maybe I’ll get on YouTube and watch last year’s race to see what it is like!”

 

“It was so much better, I started a bit slow and then changed bikes and jumped on something that has been working recently and I started making some starts. I was able to make some good gates and get some fresh air so it feels good.

 

“I’ve had this engine a little while but wasn’t sure whether to use it, I was going to start on it but I went with something different that I thought would work. It probably wasn’t the quickest but it was good off the start and against these guys you give yourself half a chance if you can get in front early.

 

“Trying to come from the back in this field is so hard, you’ve got to be on something pretty special to be able to do it. I’m a lot happier even though I bombed out in the Semi, it’s a step forward and now I can go to Horsens and try to make something happen.”

 

“It wasn’t a good night, I made a decent start with five points from my first two races but after that it all went wrong and it’s one to forget. I came here really positive and felt good but sometimes it just doesn’t happen and I’ve got to make sure the next one is better.

 

“My goal is still to become World Champion and there’s a long way to go so we’ll give it everything and hopefully I can have a better one next time out.”

 

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