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GRIN: WOFFY CAN BOUNCE BACK

Greg Hancock backed SGP leader Tai Woffinden to bounce back from his Krsko nightmare at the German SGP in Teterow this Saturday.

19 / 09 / 2018, 08:32

Four-time world champion Greg Hancock backed SGP leader Tai Woffinden to bounce back from his Krsko nightmare at the German FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Teterow this Saturday.

The American icon knows what it takes to close out a World Championship charge with the best riders in the sport hunting him down.

Woffinden is currently nine points up on red-and-white-hot Polish racer Bartosz Zmarzlik, who is determined to become only his nation’s third world champion, while the Brit seeks to make history as his country’s first three-time winner.

He’ll be back stronger. He can’t afford to sit back and relax. He still has to keep his game face on.

Tai Woffinden

Things didn’t go to plan at the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP for Woffinden as he left with just five points following a controversial two-minute exclusion in heat 16.

But Hancock believes his rival can overcome that. He said: “I think Krsko was a tough night for Woffy. But the guy thrives on making things happen. We have two rounds to go and of course Zmarzlik knows he has him within striking distance too. It should be interesting.

“Maybe Woffy just had a little bit of an off-day last time out. Things didn’t work out that well and he wasn’t making the starts he normally makes. And it was not a track to pass on. He’ll be back stronger. He can’t afford to sit back and relax. He still has to keep his game face on.”

Hancock knows his own title hopes are extremely slim, but he is just eight points adrift of third placed Maciej Janowski and Freddie Lindgren in fourth, with the duo deadlocked on 89, Grin sixth on 81 and the injured Patryk Dudek fifth on 84.

After finishing third in Krsko, Hancock has no intention of letting up in his own race for the rostrum.

He said: “I want to win, but the win is pretty much out of the question as far as the overall championship.

“A medal spot is definitely not out of the question. It’s getting harder, but a couple more days like Krsko and I am in striking distance.

“Things have to happen, as always, but I never give up. Giving myself a shot is all it takes. If there’s a chance, I’m on it.”

 

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