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Greg Hancock will take his place in the Speedway Grand Prix series for a 24th year in a row after being confirmed for a wild card pick for the 2018 season.
Greg’s title defence was cut short this season by a shoulder injury and his fate was left in the hands of the FIM/SGP commission, who granted him one of four wild card spots alongside Chris Holder, Martin Vaculik and Nicki Pedersen.
Naturally, Greg was delighted to receive the pick and can’t wait to get back on the bike next year.
Obviously I felt I had a strong case for a wild card but you never know until it’s confirmed so I’m stoked that the commission felt the same and gave me one. I’ve never had to rely on it before so it was a strange feeling sweating over my place for next year!
“I have never had any doubt in my mind that I wanted to be back in the GP series next year, it’s where I want to be, racing against the best and fighting for the world championship so now it’s confirmed we can get to work.
“I am working hard every day with the shoulder and I’m confident that by the time the first GP comes around I’ll be fit and healthy and ready to go. I’m relieved it’s all been confirmed and I can focus on trying to get the world championship back.
Greg has also extended his congratulations to new world champion Jason Doyle, who won the title in his home country of Australia over the weekend.
A huge well done to Doyley, I know how hard it is to get to the top of the mountain and he’s done it now and he’ll always be a world champion. You could see what it meant to him and how much he wanted it, so congratulations to him for an awesome season.
Further announcements over Greg’s racing programme for 2018 will be made in the next few weeks.