ZAGAR: CHANCE TO SHINE IN THE SON
Slovenian star Matej Zagar hopes entering the new Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations “will open some doors” for his compatriots.
26 / 03 / 2018, 11:49
Slovenian star Matej Zagar hopes entering the new Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations “will open some doors” as his compatriots bid to make a career in the sport.
The Ljubljana-born racer seems an almost certain starter when Slovenia face Germany, Denmark, Russia, Latvia, USA and Slovakia in Race Off 1 at Teterow on June 2 – the first ever Monster Energy SON meeting.
Whether or not Slovenia progress to the Final in Wroclaw on June 8 and 9, Zagar would be a force to be reckoned with for rival pairs as seven battle for just three places.
It’s a good competition, especially for the other guys in Slovenia to prove themselves in world speedway.
Whatever happens, he believes the event could prove a vital opportunity to give his fellow countrymen a chance to taste big-time speedway.
Former Krsko wild card Matic Ivacic is currently the only Slovenian racing outside his homeland, as he lines up for Bydgoszcz in the Polish Second Division.
And Zagar hopes his compatriot benefit from the chance to put themselves in the shop window for European clubs.
He said: “It’s a good competition, especially for the other guys in Slovenia to prove themselves in world speedway.
“It will definitely help the Slovenian riders. It won’t be a disadvantage. They have a chance to put their name on the speedway map.
“I think it’s a great opportunity because I’d say their level is not professional league-wise. Maybe this will open some doors.”
Asked what his compatriots lacked to mix it on the big stage, Zagar said: “I think it’s just a lack of knowledge and technique riding the bike.
“I have always told riders speed isn’t always the most important thing in speedway, especially when you go to Britain. Sometimes the fastest guy wins, but you need to learn good technique to control the bike in every situation. I learnt a lot of that and I mastered it as well. Without that, I don’t think you can achieve, in Britain especially.”