VACULIK: TIME ON MY SIDE
Slovak star Martin Vaculik believes he still has enough rounds to fight his way into the World Championship’s top eight.
16 / 05 / 2013, 14:01
Slovak star Martin Vaculik believes he still has enough rounds to fight his way into the World Championship’s top eight after starring in just six SGP events last season.
The Zarnovica-born star makes the 300-mile trip across the border to Prague for the Mitas Czech SGP on Saturday, desperate to improve on his tally of 12 points and 15th place in the SGP standings.
Vaculik is 15 points adrift of the top-eight automatic qualification places for the 2014 World Championship, but has nine rounds left to close this gap and save his season.
The 23-year-old won on his SGP debut in Gorzow last term and also reached the Italian SGP final, on his way to achieving 11th spot in the standings and 67 points after racing just six of the 12 events.
Despite being plagued by bike problems this season, he is keen to recapture that form and believes he still has time to earn a second season on speedway’s biggest stage.
Last year, I came in during the middle of the season. I scored good points and I only did six of the 12 rounds, so I can definitely still be in the top eight this year.
He said: “It hasn’t been the start to the season I wanted in the Grand Prix, but I still think there’s a good chance to get a great result this year. We still have nine rounds to go. Anything is possible.
“I want to get into the top eight – I really want to. Last year, I came in during the middle of the season. I scored good points and I only did six of the 12 rounds, so I can definitely still be in the top eight this year.
“I think everything is okay now with my bikes. It’s better because I’ve been racing in the Polish and Swedish leagues for Tarnow and Vetlanda and I’ve been getting much better results.
"Everything is improving and I think finally I’m finding some good setups. Hopefully, I can bring that into the Grand Prix too.
“I’ll do my best and put on a good show in the rest of the Grand Prix rounds. Now it’s time to score some good points. The fun is over; it’s time for good results.”
Vaculik races in his local Grand Prix this weekend and is set to bring plenty of fans across the border from Slovakia. He hopes they will see him turn his fortunes around on a Marketa Stadium track he knows well.
He said: “The Czech Republic is a country I like. I had a lot of meetings at the Marketa Stadium a few years ago.
"When I was a junior rider, I raced there five times a season. I know this track and I like racing there.
“I hope this will be my change race – where things change for the better. I think it will finally be a good result for me in the Grand Prix. I’ll go there, do my best and I hope everything will be good. I hope I will start in the final. But first, I want to have a place in the semi-final. If I can get that far, then I think everything will start working much better. I need some good results to get my head in the right condition.”