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JOINING THE FAMILY BUSINESS

Greg Hancock says he’s trying to encourage eldest son Wilbur to try other sports, but admits speedway remains the firm favourite.

22 / 03 / 2019, 11:39

American racer Greg Hancock says he’s trying to encourage eldest son Wilbur to try other sports, but admits speedway remains the firm favourite.

Grin is getting ready for SGP 2019 and is regularly seen getting sideways in the Californian sunshine on social media.

I’ve pushed Wilbur towards golf, bikes and all sorts of stuff. But it seems to backfire for all the right reasons in his case. He seems to keep coming back to the motorcycle and that’s great.

Greg Hancock

He’s not the only Hancock who appears to be training hard, with Wilbur also going through his paces ahead of his return to Europe.

It’s looking increasingly likely Wilbur, 13, could enter the family business.

“There’s always a chance I can motivate him to do something else,” Greg said. “But I am having a hard time with that!

“I’ve pushed Wilbur towards golf, bikes and all sorts of stuff. But it seems to backfire for all the right reasons in his case. He seems to keep coming back to the motorcycle and that’s great.

“I guess I know so much about it and I’m thinking ‘I just want you to try different things. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.’”

Even if Wilbur cannot be swayed from pursuing a career on the shale, Greg believes trying other sports could still give him and other young riders an advantage.

He said: “It’s not just about doing other motorcycle sports – it’s many sports. You need to think quickly on your feet, your hand-eye co-ordination is important – not just with the handlebars and throttle; it’s about having a feel of what’s going on around you.

“You need to be able to hop from one foot to the other and make quick decisions. You can learn all that from ball sports, golf, swimming, surfing, everything. There are things out there you can pick up all the time and you never know what you’re going to find out about yourself.”

 

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