Hancock Scores Speedway Grand Prix Victory

| August 3, 2009

Grand prix ever-present Greg Hancock rolled back the years to claim the 10th Speedway GP win of his distinguished career in Latvia.The 39-year-old Californian landed the top spot in the FIM Latvijas Mobilais Latvian Grand Prix ahead of Kenneth Bjerre, Tomasz Gollob and Jason Crump to repeat his 2006 victory at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Daugavpils.

Crump’s fourth place – after he was passed in the final by Gollob – means he didn’t extend his overall lead in the series over his main challenger going into the meeting, Emil Sayfutdinov, who was eliminated in the first semi-final.

But 1997 World Champion Hancock, who had to see off Bjerre’s outside challenge on lap one in the final, now moves ahead of the Russian pretender on 79 points, and is 29 behind Crump (now on 108) with five of this season’s 11 rounds left.

Hancock, who ended the domination of Crump and Sayfutdinov in winning all this year’s previous five GPs, said, “I am always the optimist and have never given up the belief that I could win a Grand Prix again. Everyone around me helped and the fact that I have moved up to second place in the World Championship is a huge bonus.              

“Jason is still a long way ahead, but all I can do is keeping performing to my best and seeing what happens.”

By John Hipkiss