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ZAGAR'S WESTERN SPRING-BOARD?

Grand Prix star Matej Zagar is determined to defy the air miles and leave Auckland with plenty of points in his SGP account on April 5.

03 / 03 / 2014, 12:50

FIM Speedway Grand Prix star Matej Zagar is determined to defy the air miles and leave Auckland with plenty of points in his SGP account on April 5.

Zagar made his full-time World Championship return after a five-year absence in the 2013 New Zealand SGP at Western Springs, but was dejected to make the marathon flight home with only five points.

The Slovenian racer turned his fortunes around very quickly, finishing second at the next round in Bydgoszcz, before picking up silver medals in Copenhagen and Stockholm on his way to seventh place in the final standings.

Last year, I scored five points. This season I want to have good memories of New Zealand and get a good result – hopefully the best in my career.

Matej Zagar

Zagar is determined to build on that this year and does not want to be left playing catch-up again when he returns to Europe. So he is keen to deliver the goods in this year’s New Zealand SGP, despite the long-haul trip involved.

He admitted: “When it comes to the travelling, put it this way; if I was choosing between having a Grand Prix in New Zealand or Slovenia, I’d pick Slovenia.

“But the GP is New Zealand and we can’t change that. We’ve got to go there and this year I do want to change my score.

“Last year, I scored five points. This season I want to have good memories of New Zealand and get a good result – hopefully the best in my career.  

“Everybody is in the same boat with the journey. It’s a near 30-hour flight and that’s what has to be done. It’s something you cannot change. There are things I can change. I’m going to have different bikes to last year and a little bit of a different team.

“The first round was a disaster in 2013, so I changed the team a bit and worked with that for the rest of the season. With this team and equipment behind me, I think it will be a good trip.”

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