What’s left to say about Greg Hancock that hasn’t already been said? Super nice guy? Check. Awesome ambassador for speedway? Check. One of the greatest racers ever? Check.He may have just lost his speedway world title crown to Tai Woffinden but it was Greg’s turn to grab the headlines as he romped to maximum points in Melbourne at the breathtaking Etihad Stadium.
Australia haven’t hosted a Speedway GP since 2002 - won by, you guessed it, Greg Hancock - but they raised the bar and put on an incredible show for over 26,000 fans desperate to see the biggest names in the sport live.
Greg checked out to take the win and secured overall silver in the process in a display of pure quality and rapid speed, and he was wrapped to end his season on such a high.
“Ah man, to come here and win like this is a dream come true. As soon as I arrived here I had a really positive vibe and the place gave me a good feeling, and then when I looked at the track I knew I had a good chance to do something big with it.
“I wanted to come and secure second place and try to finish as close to Tai as possible, I wanted him to know that I’m a threat and I clawed some points back so I’m really happy with how it all went. I won in Australia in 2002 and now I’ve done it 13 years later - I love this place.”
Woffinden crashed out in the semi’s but that didn’t ruin his night because he was officially handed the world championship trophy for the second time in his career, and he got to do it in front of friends and family too.
“It was cool to win the title in front of all my European fans but to come here and lift the trophy in front of all my mates and my Aussie fans was awesome. It worked out pretty good that I got to give something to fans all over the world so I’m just stoked.
“I would’ve loved to win the event but I just set the bike up a bit too fast, chasing perfection really, and I came off and hurt my wrist a bit. I’m all good though, just so happy to win my second world title and to get my hands on the trophy again!”
That’s a wrap for the Speedway GP season and once again the man stood on the top step is part of the Monster Energy family. 12 events, nine countries, 276 races and eventually one winner.
Tai Woffinden is champion of the world.