For the fourth time in his career, Greg Hancock has won the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) Speedway World Championship. The AMA Charter Life Member was congratulated by the American Motorcyclist Association for the feat.“Our congratulations go out to Greg Hancock, the world’s greatest speedway racer,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “He proves himself on the track time and time again. His talent and hard work place him at the top of the field and provide an excellent example for the next generation of American speedway champions.”
Hancock secured the championship with 3 points earned in his first race at the QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia, on Oct. 22. Hancock, 46, of Costa Mesa, Calif., last won the world championship in 2014. His other FIM Speedway World Championship titles came in 2011 and 1997.Hancock finished the season with 139 points. Great Britain’s Tai Woffinden finished second with 130 points. And Poland’s Bartosz Zmarzlik was third with 128.The history of American Speedway competition dates to the mid-1920s. One of the sport’s early stars was America’s first world champion: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jack Milne, who won the 1937 Individual Speedway Championship in London.Speedway is known for its fast action and tight racing. A meet features numerous heats of four riders each, power-sliding methanol-burning 500cc four-stroke, single-speed bikes with no brakes counter-clockwise around a dirt oval.For more information about AMA-sanctioned speedway competition, visit the AMA Speedway Page.
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!