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|Date of birth||June 3, 1970|
|Place of birth||Whittier, California, USA|
|Current club information|
|British league||Poole Pirates|
|Polish league||Unia Tarnow|
|Czech league||PDK Grepl Mšeno|
|Cradley Heath Heathens
Zielona Góra (POL)
|Speedway Grand Prix statistics|
USA National Champion
British Grand Prix Champion
Czech Grand Prix Champion
Polish Grand Prix Champion
Danish Grand Prix Champion
Australian Grand Prix Champion
Norwegian Grand Prix Champion
Latvian Grand Prix Champion
Croatian Grand Prix Champion
New Zealand Grand Prix Champion
Elite League Riders Champion
1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004
2005, 2006, 2009
1995, 2004, 2011, 2014
2006, 2009, 2013
|World Pairs Champion
World Team Cup Winner
Swedish Elitserien Champion
British League KO Cup Winner
Craven Shield Winner
Elite League Fours Winner
Czech League Champion
Danish League Champion
Polish Div Two Champion
1992, 1993, 1998
1996, 1997, 2001, 2002
1997, 2000, 2005
2000, 2009, 2010
He is a two time Speedway World Champion and a multiple World Team champion with USA, with whom he is currently captain. Hancock is the only rider to have appeared in every Grand Prix round since its creation in 1995.
He rode for the Swedish team Rospiggarna for 15 years, but since 2010 he has ridden for Piraterna from Motala, Sweden.
Greg first came to the United Kingdom at the end of the 1988 speedway season to ride exhibition races with fellow 18 year old Californian Billy Hamill. It was during this time that Greg agreed a deal to ride for Cradley Heath the following year – the same team that his mentor Bruce Penhall used to ride for. Greg was an instant success for Cradley in the British League. He also won gold medals for the USA in the 1992 World Pairs and World Team Cup. However due to injury and problems with the American Motorcyclist Association, Greg was not able to contest in the Individual World Championship until 1993. That year he went through to the World Final in Germany where he finished last place. In 1994, Greg again qualified for the last ever 'one off' World Final. He went into his last race needing a victory to become world champion but he finished third in the race and fourth overall on the night.
Grand Prix Years
In 1995 Greg finished in 4th place in the first year of the Grand Prix (GP). He won the final round, the British GP at the Hackney Wick Stadium. The following year he joined with fellow American and Cradley teammate Billy Hamill to form Team Exide. With this new found sponsorship, the two young Californian's began to dominate world speedway. In 1996 Hamill won the world title and Hancock finished with the bronze medal in third place. In 1997 Greg moved from Cradley Heath (due to the club's closure) to the Coventry Bees. He won the first GP of the year in Prague and continued the season in the same form. He won the world title (with Hamill finishing second for a Team Exide one two) and won the Elite League Riders' Championship.
In 1998 to Grand Prix format changed to a more cut throat elimination system. Greg did not fare so well and finished the year in sixth place but won the World Team Cup with Hamill and Sam Ermolenko. The next year was even worse for Greg and he finished in 11th place in the Grand Prix. 2000 saw Greg win his first Grand Prix since his title winning season and he finished in fifth place and in 2001 he finished in 13th place. In 2002 Hancock won the last Grand Prix round in Australia and finished 6th overall. He went one better in 2003 finishing in 5th place after again winning the final round, this time in Haamar, Norway. The following season Greg was back amongst the medals, finishing the season in third place. That year he won the British GP at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. In 2005 Greg slipped back to fifth in the world unable to win a GP. A 36 year old Greg finished the Grand Prix series in second place in 2006 and remained unbeaten in that year's World Cup but the USA did not qualify for the final as the rest of the team struggled. In 2007 Greg finished in sixth place. Although he failed to win a GP, he finished in second place on three occasions. In 2008 Greg finished fourth overall in the Grand Prix series. He was on the podium four times, winning the Polish Grand Prix in Bydgoszcz.
Hancock finished the 2009 Speedway Grand Prix season in fourth position and achieved two podium places as runner up at the Danish Grand Prix and winner of the Latvian Grand Prix. He became the USA Speedway National Champion for the eighth time in 2009 and was subsequently named as the Racing Athlete of the Year by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).
Greg finished 1st place in the 2011 Czech, British and Nordic Grand Prix. He secured the 2011 World Championship during the Croatian Grand Prix on 24 September, reclaiming the title after a record 14 years at the age of 41 years and 113 days.
World Final Appearances
Speedway Grand Prix results
|1995||4th||82||Winner||Won in Britain|
|1996||3rd||88||3rd||Worst finish was 7th|
|1997||1st||118||Winner (twice)||Won in Poland and Czech Republic|
|2000||5th||76||Winner||Won in Denmark|
|2002||6th||122||Winner||Won in Australia|
|2003||5th||121||Winner||Won in Norway|
|2004||3rd||137||Winner||Won in Britain|
|2006||2nd||144||Winner||Won in Latvia|
|2008||4th||144||Winner||Won in Poland|
|2009||4th||121||Winner||Won in Latvia|
|2010||5th||107||Winner||Won in Croatia|
|2011||1st||165||Winner||Won Czech, British, Nordic and Polish.|
|2012||3rd||148||Winner||Won New Zealand|
|2013||4th||129||Winner||Won in Latvia|
|2014||Winner||Won in Britain|
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- Oakes, P.(2005). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-30-1
- "Greg Hancock". Speedway Grand Prix. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
- "Herbie Honoured". BSI Speedway. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
- "Speedway Champion Greg Hancock wins AMA Athlete of the Year award". American Motorcyclist Association. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
- Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
|2011 Speedway Grand Prix riders|