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NGK-sponsored Hancock announces 2018 plans

NGK-sponsored four-time World Speedway Champion Greg Hancock who was forced to relinquish his bid to retain his title in 2017 after suffering a shoulder injury has announced his plans for next season.

The American, who underwent a successful operation to repair the damage in his left shoulder that cut his season short, has revealed that he is stepping away from the Polish Ekstraliga for 2018, and has also found a new club in Sweden.

He will not be racing in the top division in Poland next year after leaving Torun and turning down a raft of offers, while Piraterna’s relegation to the second tier in Sweden has led him to move to Dackarna Malilla so he can remain in the ElitSerien next season.

Hancock’s defence of his world title was cut short when he dislocated the shoulder three times in a matter of days in July and shortly after took the decision to end his season early in order to fully repair the damage and ensure he returns in 2018 100 percent fit.

He said: “First of all, I am super excited to have signed with Dackarna and I can’t wait to get started

already. It’s a great club and with Peter Karllson as team manager, it sounds like it’s going to

be a lot of fun. We spent a lot of years racing against each other and we have a similar

outlook on things so it’s going to be great to be on the same team for once!

“I have decided that I won’t ride in the Polish Ekstraliga next year and for now my focus will

be on Dackarna and, if I am lucky enough to be given a place in it, the Speedway Grand Prix (SGP)


He added that he has some big plans for the 2018 SGP season, which he’ll reveal soon.

Fellow NGK-sponsored riders Emil Sayfutdinov and Matej Zagar finished sixth and seventh respectively in this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix series which was won by Australian Jason Doyle.

NGK – the leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors – has been a long-time supporter of Speedway and announced in July that it is sponsoring Greg’s 12-year-old son Wilbur.

For more information on NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd and its products and services, please visit the website www.ngkntk.co.uk Also you can check out its blogzine at ngktorque.com