HANCOCK'S CARDIFF BUZZ
Greg Hancock can’t wait to enjoy the Cardiff roar for the 18th time and admitted “you’re not human if that noise doesn’t give you a buzz."
19 / 07 / 2018, 19:20
American legend Greg Hancock can’t wait to experience the Cardiff roar for the 18th time this Saturday and admitted “you’re not human if that noise doesn’t give you a buzz.”
Grin lines up in the Adrian Flux British SGP at Principality Stadium as the only rider to have appeared in every edition of British speedway’s biggest event since World Championship racing came to the Welsh capital in 2001.
The cool Californian may be one of the most easy-going guys in the SGP pits, but he admits the spine-tingling atmosphere in Cardiff still gets his pulse racing. He said: “I love Cardiff. For so long it has been the highlight of the season and it’s really cool that we have other events now, like Warsaw, that are at the same level and it really pushes the series along.
Everybody knows how huge it is and I just can’t wait to get out there and try and win. I love winning and winning at Cardiff is something I really want to do again.
“It’s great for me because I have a lot of fans from my time in the UK and they always seem to be at Cardiff and they give me a really cool reception – you’re not human if that noise doesn’t give you a buzz.
“They really seem to get behind me and it’s nice to catch up with a lot of familiar faces that I haven’t seen in a long time.
“Everybody knows how huge it is and I just can’t wait to get out there and try and win. I love winning and winning at Cardiff is something I really want to do again.”
Hancock already has three Cardiff victories to his name and is warming up nicely this season as he stands fifth in the World Championship on 41 points – having taken 26 in the last two rounds. Last year’s Adrian Flux British SGP was a painful night as he was forced to withdraw from the meeting after just a few laps, having suffered a shoulder injury a few days prior to the event.
Happily, Hancock is back to full fitness after missing the second half of the 2017 season and is keen to make up for lost time.
He said: “Obviously last year was really tough and it’s not one that I want to remember much. Having to pull out of the GP, and what that meant for my season, was horrible and something that I definitely don’t want to do again.
“It’s a special place and I’ve had some great results here in the past, so I’m hoping that I can do it again and make some good memories again. It’s a track I like, I feel in really good form and we feel like we’re roughly where we want to be with the bikes, so now it’s down to me to go out and do it.”