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Greg Hancock Ready To Fight Through Pain To Race 178th Straight WSGP

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FIM Speedway World Championship leader Greg Hancock is ready to battle through the pain barrier as he bids to defy a broken and burnt clutch hand and seal title No.3.

The 44-year-old double world champion is fighting his way back to fitness for the Nordic FIM Speedway Grand Prix at Danish track Vojens on Saturday after being involved in an horrific crash in Gorzow on August 30.

Hancock‰Ûªs left hand was dragged under Niels-Kristian Iversen‰Ûªs rear mudguard, breaking his index finger and leaving the middle one dislocated. Tyre burns added further to his pain.

After having the middle finger reset in Poland, Hancock underwent surgery in Gothenburg last week to fix the index one.

He says his recovery is progressing slowly but surely and he is determined to take to the track and defend his 14-point advantage over defending champion, Great Britain‰Ûªs Tai Woffinden, at the top of the standings.

‰ÛÏThey fixed the middle finger in Poland. They said the break didn‰Ûªt look that bad, but I went back to Sweden and went to the hand specialist in Gothenburg ‰ÛÒ a great friend of ours ‰ÛÒ and they said ‰Û÷no, we need to do a little work on that finger." Hancock explained.

‰ÛÏThey operated and put it all back together and now I‰Ûªm in the healing process. I can move all the fingers and I‰Ûªm just moving the index finger slowly. It gets better every day.

‰ÛÏThe plan is to be in Vojens on Friday. It probably won‰Ûªt be the most pleasant of feelings I‰Ûªve had over the years, but it could be a heck of a lot worse to say the least.

‰ÛÏThe fingers are working fine. I‰Ûªm not using the index finger much right now. I‰Ûªm just trying to let it do its thing. I‰Ûªm moving it slowly but surely. A lot of stuff has happened to it in the last couple of weeks.

‰ÛÏI had a burn from the tyre, which came through my glove. That has been the most painful part of the whole thing lately. The fingers are not nice, but the burn has been awful.

‰ÛÏThe risk of infection is quite high, so they‰Ûªve got me on some pretty strong antibiotics. That made my stomach feel good for a couple of days ‰ÛÒ not!‰Û

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