World Champion and Cycle News Rider of the Year Greg Hancock started the defense of his championship with a bang in the New Zealand Speedway Grand Prix last night, the Californian picking up where he left off last year to take the win in Auckland.

Hancock quickly gave credit to his old friend Billy Hamill, the two working out together in California during the off-season.

Hancock beat Jaroslaw Hampel, Nicky Pedersen and Aussie crowd favorite Jason Crump in the final.

Hancock is four points clear of Hampel at the top of the Grand Prix standings after taking 22 points out of a possible 24 at Western Springs.

"I've enjoyed my time here and it's so satisfying to come away with a win from the first one," Hancock said. "It has started out tremendously."

Results:

1. Greg Hancock (22)
2. Jaroslaw Hampel (18)
3. Tomasz Gollob (15)
4. Nicki Pedersen (13)
5. Antonio Lindback (13)
6. Jason Crump (12)
7. Emil Sayfutdinov (8)
8. Freddie Lindgren (8)
9. Bjarne Pedersen (7)
10. Hans Andersen (6)

 

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.

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