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VACULIK EYES TOP SIX IN TORUN

Martin Vaculik heads to Torun determined to secure his spot in SGP 2021 on October 2 and 3 after reaching his first final of 2020 in Prague.

24 / 09 / 2020, 12:28

Slovak star Martin Vaculik heads to Torun determined to secure his spot in SGP 2021 on October 2 and 3 after reaching his first final of the season in Prague last weekend.

After exiting three of the first four SGP 2020 rounds at the semi-final stage, Vaculik reached the last four at Visit Czech Republic SGP round five last Friday – his first-ever final appearance at Marketa Stadium.

He was unable to produce a repeat performance on the Saturday night, finishing third behind Freddie Lindgren and Tai Woffinden in his semi.

I will do everything in Torun to reach the top six – 100 percent. Two good meetings and I can jump even higher. I will definitely do everything I can to achieve that.

Martin Vaculik

But Vaculik is now up to seventh place in the World Championship on 63 points, just six points short of Jason Doyle, who has 69 in sixth – with only this season’s top six riders guaranteed a place in the 2021 series.

While the world title appears to have eluded the Zielona Gora icon for this year, he’s at least determined to force his way into the qualification places at FST Grupa Brokerska Torun SGP rounds seven and eight next week.

He said: “All my focus goes to this goal and I will do everything in Torun to reach the top six – 100 percent. Two good meetings and I can jump even higher. I will definitely do everything I can to achieve that.”

Vaculik was disappointed to fall short of reaching back-to-back Prague finals as his semi-final misfortune continues.

The world No.5 said: “I’m gutted I didn’t make the final on Saturday; I was so close. I was a little bit unlucky – again!

“I think if I had one more point, I would have had one choice earlier when it came to the gates. Then I could have picked maybe a better gate. Unfortunately Saturday wasn’t my lucky day.”

Vaculik enjoyed his stay in Prague – a city where he’s loved by the locals and adored by the fans who flock from Slovakia.

He admits he didn't have the chance to properly enjoy one of the most stunning SGP cities.

He said: “It’s always nice to go to Prague. It’s a beautiful city, but to be honest I was only at the stadium and my mechanic’s house.

“With all this coronavirus business, we didn’t want to walk around the city. It is what it is and we are in the bubble. We just stay with the people who are tested every two weeks for coronavirus. We try to keep the risk of getting sick as low as possible.”

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