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HANCOCK TIPS ZMARZLIK FOR TITLE GLORY

American legend Greg Hancock is backing a calmer Bartosz Zmarzlik to become FIM Speedway Grand Prix world champion in Torun tonight.

05 / 10 / 2019, 11:36

American legend Greg Hancock is backing a calmer Bartosz Zmarzlik to become FIM Speedway Grand Prix world champion in Torun tonight.

The Pole starts the night with 118 points and goes into the Revline Torun SGP with a seven-point advantage over second-placed Emil Sayfutdinov (111) at the top of the World Championship. Leon Madsen (109) in third spot is nine adrift and also in contention for gold.

It’s Bartosz’s championship to throw away and I would be surprised if he threw it away now unless he has a complete brain fade. All he has to do is be smart – that’s it.

Greg Hancock

Hancock is taking a break from the shale this year as he supports wife Jennie through her battle with breast cancer, but the Californian made a flying visit to Europe for the Adrian Flux British SGP on September 21.

He was an interested observer throughout the weekend and was impressed by Zmarzlik’s efforts as he bids to become Poland’s third world champion.

Grin believes the 24-year-old has become a calmer and more composed racer in recent times and is tipping him to seal the sport’s biggest prize.

He said: “Looking at the guys at the top, Bartosz is probably finding his feet a little bit more. You can see his determination and he has calmed down a little bit. He has been a little bit wild, which is probably the easiest way to put it.

“But he is maturing and starting to figure it out. He still rides hard, but he doesn’t make the biggest mistakes he used to make.

“In terms of the title, it’s Bartosz’s championship to throw away and I would be surprised if he threw it away now unless he has a complete brain fade. All he has to do is be smart – that’s it.”

Hancock admits following the series from afar has been a different experience as he hopes to get back on track for 2020.

He said: “It has been interesting watching the series from the outside in rather than the inside out. You look at it in a completely different way.

“You see all the mistakes guys make so clearly and you see the lines they ride. You think ‘I would have never done that.’ But then you think ‘would I?’

“When you’re in it and the adrenaline is pumping and your nerves are going, maybe you do those kinds of thing.

“It’s really fun to look at it on the outside and take a deep breath. You think ‘if I’m going to do it again, I’m going to do it a little bit differently.’ You can also see everything going on because you’re not fully focused on yourself.”

 

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