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GREG: ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

American icon Greg Hancock admitted “I’ve definitely got some room for improvement” as he bids to move on from a difficult New Zealand SGP.

11 / 04 / 2014, 15:02

American icon Greg Hancock admitted “I’ve definitely got some room for improvement” as he bids to move on from a difficult New Zealand SGP on Saturday.

The Californian, winner in Auckland in 2012 and fourth last season, was last in his opening two heats and looked uncharacteristically off the pace.

But the Swedish-based man hasn’t won two world titles by giving up and turned his night around impressively to end with two heat wins and what could prove a vital six points.

Hancock was determined to ensure he didn’t leave Western Springs empty-handed and now he hopes to regain his usual consistency in time for the European SGP at Bydgoszcz on April 26.

I’ve definitely got some room for improvement. I’m in this for the long run. Round one didn’t go as planned, but there is a lot more to come.

Greg Hancock

He said: “I didn’t expect to start out with three zeros like that – it definitely came as a shock. We got things back together again for the last two heats. I got two wins and I needed them to put myself back in the game again.

“Consistency is the name of the game. You need that to go all the way. I’ve definitely got some room for improvement. I’m in this for the long run. Round one didn’t go as planned, but there is a lot more to come.”

Asked what went wrong in the early stages, Hancock replied: “It’s tough. I can’t really put my finger on what happened. We were trying to do everything right and I was there in the first corner every time. But the exit probably wasn’t what it should have been.

“I missed the start slightly in the first heat and spun up a little bit. The spray was so heavy with three guys in front of you. I was just getting hit. I felt quick enough, but I couldn’t do anything. The dirt was just too heavy.

“I made a good start in the second one and changed the bike. But I didn’t feel I had quite the speed that I needed. So then I went back to my first bike and we started to build the momentum with two wins later.”

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