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LESS IS MORE FOR MARTIN

Martin Vaculik says less is more when it comes to his calendar as he focuses his attention on his SGP and PGE Ekstraliga action in 2019.

10 / 01 / 2019, 11:19

Slovak star Martin Vaculik says less is more when it comes to his calendar as he focuses his attention on his FIM Speedway Grand Prix and PGE Ekstraliga action for 2019.

The Zarnovica-born racer is determined to make his mark in the World Championship and improve on the career-best ninth place he achieved in 2017. He’s also out to help Zielona Gora enjoy a big season after Falubaz narrowly avoided relegation last year.

While some of the sport’s top stars race in two or three different countries to stay sharp on the bike, Vaculik believes a lighter schedule will help him be at his best for the meetings that matter most.

I really want to be focused on the Grand Prix and the Polish league. After years and years of experience, I feel I don’t really need three or four meetings in a week.

Martin Vaculik

He said: “I really want to be focused on the Grand Prix and the Polish league. After years and years of experience, I feel I don’t really need three or four meetings in a week. I just need two meetings in a week and in these meetings, I can give 100 percent.

“Then I can put the time into my gym work, I need time with my family and I also need time to have a good sleep and be ready for the real racing.

“I know my goal for the next year and I will do everything to achieve this goal for sure. I really want to be focused on the Speedway Grand Prix and the Polish Ekstraliga.”

Asked whether he feared he would be at a disadvantage compared to the likes of Jason Doyle and Niels-Kristian Iversen, who have both signed up to race in three leagues so far, Vaculik said: “They’re different people and different riders.

“Everyone is different. Jason may really like racing four times per week. Some riders don’t like that. I think everyone can do how much they want. I don’t want to do more than this so that I can be ready and 100 percent for real racing.”

Vaculik will get some additional meetings in the Czech league, but he knows he can seek offers from teams if his diary proves too empty.

He said: “If I really needed it, I can think about that. But right now, I have made the decision I need the Grand Prix and I need the Polish league. I will have the Czech Ekstraliga, but that’s only eight meetings.

“I just want to be as focused as I can be in the Grand Prix and Poland. Those are my two goals for the next year.”

 

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