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World Speedway Racing Champion Greg Hancock Retires 2020

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Greg Hancock is a speedway legend with 218 SGP appearances, 2,655 points scored from 1,248 heats, and an incredible 455 heat wins. The four-time champion now enjoys a well-earned retirement.
Greg Hancock is a speedway legend with 218 SGP appearances, 2,655 points scored from 1,248 heats, and an incredible 455 heat wins. The four-time champion now enjoys a well-earned retirement. (Jarek Pabijan/)

Four-time World Speedway champion Greg Hancock is moving on to the next chapter, announcing his retirement from racing after a long and illustrious career.

“Over the last 12 months of missing a full racing season, I've had much time to reflect on my amazing career,” said Hancock in a Speedway GP release. “Racing at the highest level, winning four World Championships, Team and Pairs World Championships amongst many domestic league championships, were amongst the most challenging and successful times of my life to date.

“This last year taking care of my wife and family became life-changing in many ways and put life into a new perspective. I am pleased with my racing achievements and believe it is time to move on to a new chapter. As difficult as it is to make a decision like this, it is the right one.

“Although I am stepping away from the racing part, I do not plan to exit the scene. I have plans that will keep me close to the sport and we’ll see where that goes in the weeks ahead.”

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The 49-year-old rider has been on the Speedway GP line ever since the series started back in 1995, and until 2014 logged a staggering run of 177 consecutive race appearances. He recorded 455 heat wins and 92 final GP races. His first title came in 1997 and after a 14-year wait he grabbed his second. Three of the four SGP titles he grabbed came after he had turned 40.

In addition to being one of the most tenacious racers on the grid, he’s also been lauded by those who know him as one of the kindest, giving ample amounts of his time to fans after races, and serving as a mentor to numerous up-and-coming riders.

We’d like to congratulate Greg on a phenomenal career and wish him and his family all the best in the years to come.

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