VACULIK'S CHAMPION DREAM
Martin Vaculik admitted “I really hope one day I can be the best rider in the world” as he steps up his preparations for SGP 2019.
16 / 02 / 2019, 09:47
Slovak star Martin Vaculik admitted “I really hope one day I can be the best rider in the world” as he steps up his preparations for SGP 2019.
The Zarnovica-born man was handed a permanent FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card after the first half of his 2018 season was destroyed by a broken ankle. After missing the first two rounds, he managed seven points from the following three as he battled to regain full fitness.
It is my big dream to be world champion and I know dreams come true. I really hope one day I can be the best rider in the world.
But after storming into the Betard Scandinavian SGP final in Malilla with 10 points, Vaculik produced one of the rides of the season to win the MIB Nordic Gorzow SGP, passing local hero Bartosz Zmarzlik in the final.
After showing such grit and determination, Vaculik earned himself another shot at the sport’s biggest prize.
While he has never finished above ninth place in the World Championship, Vaculik is ready to fight for his title dream in the coming years.
He said: “It is my big dream to be world champion and I know dreams come true. I really hope one day I can be the best rider in the world.
“I have never been world champion, but I think to get there, it’s a bit like a puzzle. You need a little bit of everything to do it. You need to have a bit of luck, be perfectly prepared and have great engines. That’s all part of the puzzle and when it all comes together, you can be world champion.
“Every year I show something. But every year I have also been a little bit up and down at times.
“I know what I want right now, though, and I am really very hungry for speedway. I really want to race and win.”
Vaculik knows he isn’t the only rider searching for the magic formula to reach the SGP summit.
He said: “I know I work hard. I know my team works hard. But I know there are 15 riders in the Grand Prix who all want to be world champion.
“Every rider works hard. Every rider has great engines. Every rider has confidence in the head. That’s what makes Speedway Grand Prix such a perfect project. I appreciate that I can be part of this series and I know how hard I work to be the best. I want to show it.”