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Images from Event One of the 2018 Speedway of Nations tournament
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HANCOCK HEROICS NOT ENOUGH FOR USA

Jun 032018

Greg Hancock turned 48 this past weekend but once again he proved that age is nothing but a number with an inspirational performance for Team USA in the Monster Energy Speedway of Nations.

The four-time world champ returned to international team racing after a couple of years away, leading the US in Event One of the inaugural SoN tournament in Teterow, Germany.

He was teamed up with Gino Manzares for the stars and stripes, with the top three teams out of seven qualifying for the final in Wroclaw, Poland on June 8 and 9.

Despite Greg charging to an incredible 19 points out of a possible 21, the US just missed out on a place in the final with Manzares crashing out of the meeting late on after a nasty get-off, although thankfully he was able to walk away without any serious injuries.

We caught up with GH after the race to get his thoughts: “Obviously I’m disappointed we didn’t get through because that’s what we came here for. We wanted to get to the finals and we thought we had a chance but it’s a tough race.

 

“The competition was hard and every rider was capable of winning races, so it was never going to be easy. Gino battled hard and he didn’t have any luck, he put himself in some good positions but just couldn’t get there – he tried everything.

 

“I’m happy with my own performance obviously, I always seem to be able to take it up a notch when I race for my country and I felt really good. We think we’ve fixed some issues that have been hampering me for a while and the last two races I’ve had have been really good – so it’s all positive from a personal point of view.

 

“We tried everything we could but this time it wasn’t to be.”

 

Russia, Germany and Denmark qualified, joining Poland in the final, and then seven more teams will battle it out on Tuesday night (June 5) in Event Two in Manchester, England.

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