HANCOCK: JANOWSKI SEEKING MAGIC MIX

PAUL BURBIDGE

American great Greg Hancock says Maciej Janowski has “all the ingredients” needed to become FIM Speedway Grand Prix world champion, insisting “it’s just a matter of putting them together.”

The Californian has mentored the Polish star throughout his career and appeared in his Speedway GP pit corner at some events during the 2021 season.

Hancock also worked with Magic and his team mates at PGE Ekstraliga side Wroclaw last year, serving as a coach and advisor as the Olympic Stadium outfit stormed to its first league title since 2006.

Janowski recorded an astonishing average of 2.582 points per race in Poland, but he is still waiting for his first Speedway GP medal after finishing fourth in the World Championship for the fourth time in five years.

Hancock believes Magic’s champagne moment will come. He said: “I work very closely with Magic Janowski and see what he is doing – he has so much talent. He has all the ingredients. It’s just a matter of putting them together and making the right mix.

“He can do great things on the track. But you really have to get the mixture just right to make it work.”

Janowski started off 2021 in red-hot form and won the opening Speedway GP round in Prague. But despite reaching five finals, he managed just two semi-final appearances from the other six rounds to fall short of the podium.

While Magic delivered fantastic consistency in the PGE Ekstraliga, Hancock admits bringing it on to the Speedway GP stage is never easy.

“The league was phenomenal for him,” he said. “But when it came to the GP, he was on his own. When you are on your own, you don’t have anyone around you except your mechanics and team.

“The GP was another story for him and that’s what raises the question – what does it take when you’re on your own? What do you need around you to make you just put your mind to winning the races rather than anything else?

“It is really hard to say. I can’t put a finger on it. Honestly, when Maciej wants to win, when he is really ready to win, he will win.”

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