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Greg Hancock spent his 47th birthday practising with new equipment in Poland and now he’s hoping it will pay off – starting in Prague this Saturday.
The World Champion spent his birthday – last Saturday – working with some new machinery in Torun, Poland and followed it up with a four-ride maximum for the club the next day.
It’s been a tough start to the year but Greg feels that he’s back on the right tracks ahead of this weekend’s Czech Republic Grand Prix.
“We are definitely making progress, we went back to basics a bit really and realised we just had to take a step back and start over.
“It’s been good so far, I have had three pretty good league matches in the last week and step by step we feel like we’re getting there. I had a good one against Czestochowa last Friday and that’s when I really felt things turning, and then I spent a really good day in Torun on Saturday practising and getting to know it a bit more.
“Both myself and Chris Holder had a lot of track time and that was a massive help, it wasn’t the traditional way to spend a birthday but hopefully it pays off!
“We always want to stick with what we know but it wasn’t working and we had to make some changes, I’m not the kind of guy to sit around and just wait for it to correct itself. The equipment wasn’t up to par and we had to fix it, so we feel like we’re back on a good path again now.”
Greg has two Czech GP wins to his name so far and he’s excited to head back to the Czech capital, buoyed by his recent upturn in form.
“I always like going to Prague, I’ve had some good and some bad meetings there but it’s a track I know well and it always provides some decent racing. I’m excited because we’ve finally got something we know is working, I know I’ll be able to make starts again and be in the race from the start.
“I’m well aware of where I’m at in the standings and I’m not complacent, all I’m thinking about is how we can win the world title again. There’s a lot of points to be had yet and a lot of races to go, we’ve got a big hill to climb but I’m ready now to start powering up.”