Full name: Gregory Alan Hancock
Birthplace: Whittier, California, USA
Birthdate: 3rd June 1970
Family: Mother Caroll, Father Bill
Sister Carrie, half brother Dave
Career Record with Cradley
[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Riders Database includes all matches]
(photos courtesy of Speedway Star)
World Individual Championships 1993: World Final : 2 pts, 16th 1994: World Final : 11 pts, 4th From 1995, World Championship Grands Prix: 1995: 4th place - Winner British GP 1996: 3rd place 1997: 1st place - Winner Czech & Polish GP 1998: 6th place 1999: 9th place 2000: 5th place - Winner Danish GP 2001: 13th place 2002: 5th place - Winner Australian GP 2003: 5th place - Winner Norway.
Greg joined Cradley in May of 1989 at the age of 18, after a trial the previous season alongside Billy Hamill. His first two seasons were a big learning curve as he adjusted to the British way of living and racing. His third season however was the breakthrough so widely expected and he finished 1991 with an average of 8.05.
For the next three years, he topped 9.00 and for the two after that, made 10.00+.
From 1992, Greg has also ridden regularly for teams in Sweden, Poland and Denmark and he captained the Heathens for five seasons. The names 'Hancock and Hamill' became synonymous with Cradley during the nineties and the two formed without doubt the most formidable top two in the league.
2000 has been Greg's fourth season with Coventry in the British Elite League and during that time, he's had some considerable international success. It will be old news to most that ‘Herbie’ was crowned World Individual Champion in 1997 after leading the Grand Prix season from the opening round. Last season he lost the individual crown - eventually finishing in sixth place in the final Grand Prix standings - but joined Billy Hamill to take the World Pairs Championship.
Unsurprisingly to those who know much about Greg, he has used his World Championship and 10 year Testimonial year to great effect in 1998 by giving Speedway more media exposure than most other riders put together. Despite his numerous TV appearances on such shows as Channel Four’s ‘Under the Moon’ and Channel Five’s ‘Live and Dangerous’, he has continued to consistently impress on the league stage for the Bees. Many will point to early 1998 for a lull in form but that quickly faded and Greg will still be considered by many as Coventry's rider of the year for all his time there so far.