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EKSTRALIGA | VACULIK IN FALUBAZ SWITCH

Slovak star Martin Vaculik has crossed enemy lines in one of world speedway’s greatest rivalries after swapping Gorzow for Zielona Gora.

05 / 11 / 2018, 09:11

Slovak star Martin Vaculik has crossed enemy lines in one of world speedway’s greatest rivalries after swapping Gorzow for Zielona Gora.

The Bratislava-based racer appeared on Facebook in Slovakia’s capital dressed in a Zielona Gora jacket and scarf.

The switch had been rumoured for some weeks and comes as a massive boost to Falubaz as just days after they recruited triple world champion Nicki Pedersen to join the likes of local heroes Patryk Dudek and Piotr Protasiewicz.

I always said that I like big challenges, where everything is focused on achieving high goals. Going to Zielona Gora, I want to fight for the best result and be a strong link of this team.

Martin Vaculik

After narrowly avoiding relegation to the First Division this term, Zielona Gora now look set to start among the championship favourites for 2019.

Vaculik is setting his sights high and believes a partisan crowd can bring out the best in a strong side.

He told Falubaz.com: “Falubaz has always been associated with the enormous support of its fans. The local fans are another player of their team.

“In Zielona Gora there is also a fantastic track, where I am very good. Falubaz is a powerful club with amazing possibilities.

“I always said that I like big challenges, where everything is focused on achieving high goals. Going to Zielona Gora, I want to fight for the best result and be a strong link of this team.”

While Vaculik is relatively new to the SGP series, his new team mate Pedersen spent 18 straight seasons in the World Championship – winning the sport’s biggest prize three times.

But Zielona Gora team manager Adam Skornicki believes Vaculik is on the brink of reaching the top of the sport.

He said: “Martin is definitely a much younger competitor than Nick Pedersen, who we greeted in the team on Friday.

“There are not so many achievements yet, but he has a lot of aspirations. He is a rider who is getting ready to fight for the title of world champion. Even if it does not happen this year, he will definitely show his intent strongly.

“Martin proved a few years ago that he has the right to think about the greatest successes. Let's hope that at Zielona Gora, Martin will find peace and be able to prepare for great goals.”

 

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