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MARTIN'S LUCKY ESCAPE

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits he had a “very lucky” escape as he returns from a hand injury for the Teng Tools Swedish SGP in Malilla.

09 / 08 / 2017, 12:46

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits he had a “very lucky” escape as he returns from a hand injury for the Teng Tools Swedish SGP in Malilla on Saturday.

The Zarnovica-born racer crashed hard with World Under-21 champion Max Fricke at a Swedish Elitserien meeting in Vetlanda on August 1.

The Aussie was left with two hairline fractures to the winglets of his C6 and C7 neck vertebrae, while Vaculik suffered gashes to his left hand.

After consultation with my doctor, he said there’s no reason why I can come back to the track. The hand looks okay, so I am looking forward to the Grand Prix in Malilla.

Martin Vaculik

Vaculik is due to get back on track for the first time since the spill in Zarnovica this afternoon, and knows he was very fortunate to avoid more serious injury.

He said: “When the bike crashed and hit the fence, the handlebar was broken and probably where it was broken, it made two holes in my hand.

“Thank God all the ligaments, muscles, bones and nerves are okay. I was very lucky that time because the crash was very bad. It’s really nothing compared to how big the crash was.

“I’m better now. This afternoon I will have a practice in Zarnovica. That will be the first time I’ve sat on the bike since the crash.

“After consultation with my doctor, he said there’s no reason why I can come back to the track. The hand looks okay, so I am looking forward to the Grand Prix in Malilla.

“I would just like to thank all the fans around the world who sent me very nice messages to get well soon. This helped me and helped my mind. I’m very pleased with that.

“I will try my best in Malilla. I hope my hand will be okay and I can fight for good results.”

Vaculik goes to the G&B Arena placed eighth in the World Championship – meaning he occupies the final automatic qualifying berth for 2018. He’s just a point clear of Matej Zagar in ninth, but still only nine short of Freddie Lindgren in fourth spot.

The AZTORIN Slovenian SGP winner insists he has regained top speed after scoring just five points in the past two rounds.

He said: “Now I have very good equipment and engines. My bike is fast again and I hope my hand will work with me – not against me! Then I can handle the situation and score some points.”

 

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