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NO BREAKS FOR VACULIK

Slovak star Martin Vaculik has confirmed he did not suffer any broken bones in a heavy first-bend fall at Lublin on Sunday.

14 / 09 / 2020, 12:40

Slovak star Martin Vaculik has confirmed he did not suffer any broken bones in a heavy first-bend fall at Lublin on Sunday.

The Zielona Gora hero crashed hard going into the opening turn of heat nine when he was caught by home pair Grigorii Laguta and Jakub Jamrog as Falubaz battled for play-off qualification in one of the meetings of the season.

Vaculik landed hard on his side and it was initially feared he had sustained broken ribs when he withdrew from the meeting.

I have had detailed tests and have good information. Fortunately, the X-ray did not reveal any fractures.

Martin Vaculik

His side fought on without him and SGP rival Patryk Dudek broke Lublin hearts when he saw off Mikkel Michelsen and Matej Zagar in heat 15 to guarantee Falubaz’s place in the play-off semi-finals by denying them the bonus point.

There were fears Vaculik might not be ready for Sunday’s semi-final, first leg or SGP rounds five and six in Prague on Friday and Saturday.

But speaking to Zielona Gora’s official website, the Zarnovica-born ace says he received good news this morning. He said: “I have had detailed tests and have good information. Fortunately, the X-ray did not reveal any fractures.

“However, I am badly battered and I feel a lot of pain even doing normal things. My fall looked harmless. When I caught the riders from Lublin, I was convinced that it would be an ordinary slide-off and I would get up quickly. However, I hit the track very hard.

“I had a hard time catching my breath. After a long moment I was able to get up, but continuing to race would have been very risky.

“I would like to thank the medical staff for their professional help in the first moments after the fall. I will spend the next few days on rehabilitation and massages. More very important competitions await me this weekend. On Friday and Saturday we have the Grand Prix rounds in Prague, and on Sunday we are going to the semi-final. I dream of reaching the final.”

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