Menu
Card image cap

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.

Martin Vaculik

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.”

 

Card image cap

LAMBERT SEEKS MORE CONSISTENCY

British champion Robert Lambert admits he’s still seeking more consistency at the top level after reaching his first SGP semi in Warsaw.

Card image cap

MIXED FEELINGS FOR FINALIST IVERSEN

Niels-Kristian Iversen was pleased with his best ever start to an SGP season, but admitted “I just blew it" in the Boll Warsaw SGP final.

Card image cap

BARTEK BAGS MAX FOR VETLANDA

World No.2 Bartosz Zmarzlik blasted to a 15-point maximum for Vetlanda as they defeated Rospiggarna 52-38 in the Swedish Elitserien.

Card image cap

MILIK IN SIXTH STRAIGHT CZECH SGP

Vaclav Milik handed ANLAS Czech Republic FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card.

Card image cap

LAMBERT GETS KRSKO CALL

British champion Robert Lambert will get a chance to build on his Warsaw semi-final appearance after being called up for the Slovenian SGP.

Card image cap

NICHOLLS MAKES PANTHERS SWITCH

Seven-time British champion Scott Nicholls is on his way to Peterborough as Panthers make a double change.

Card image cap

DUDEK HAILS WARSAW ROAR

World Championship leader Patryk Dudek paid tribute to the Polish fans for lifting him in Warsaw as he went through the pain barrier.

Card image cap

EMIL WALL OF DEATH SENDS FANS WILD

Emil Sayfutdinov sent speedway’s social media followers into meltdown with a jaw-dropping wall of death as Leszno thumped Czestochowa 59-31.