Menu
Card image cap

VACULIK: UNTIMELY ERRORS COST ME

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits “mistakes at the wrong times” cost him in last year’s SGP series as he seeks better fortunes in SGP 2021.

03 / 01 / 2021, 12:59

Slovakian racer Martin Vaculik admits “mistakes at the wrong times” cost him in last year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix series as he seeks better fortunes in SGP 2021.

Vaculik finished ninth in the World Championship with 78 points and received a wild card for this season’s series.

It was far from a disastrous campaign as the Gorzow signing reached six semi-finals in eight rounds. But with Vaculik only converting one of those into a final, when he finished third at round five in Prague, he admits not appearing in the last four more often cost him dearly.

I don’t want to say I will be world champion next season. I just want to fight to be the best I can be. If the best I can be is becoming world champion, it will be perfect. But I just want to be the best I can.

Martin Vaculik

He said: “That was the problem. We made a lot of mistakes in the semi-finals and that cost us much better places and points. It was just mistakes at the wrong times.”

Vaculik still enjoyed a stellar season in Poland, finishing fifth in the PGE Ekstraliga average charts with 2.178 points per race.

But he admits a strange 2020 season, raced against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which forced him to leave Slovakia and live in Poland for the summer, didn’t bring out his best form on the world stage.

He said: “It was a strange season in the Speedway Grand Prix series – I don’t really know what I should think about it.

“I was living in Poland nearly all the time. I didn’t have that feeling and confidence I get from being at home with my family. Then I struggled a little bit with the setup and this and that. We made a few mistakes as a team.

“At the end of the day, I finished in ninth place. It was definitely a very bad result for me. But that result is history and in the future, hopefully it will be much better.”

Despite establishing himself among the sport’s top stars, Vaculik isn’t making any bold claims about his SGP title chances ahead of the 2021 season.

He said: “I don’t want to say I will be world champion next season. I just want to fight to be the best I can be. If the best I can be is becoming world champion, it will be perfect. But I just want to be the best I can.”

Card image cap

PROGRESS FOR POLISH GREAT GOLLOB

Polish legend Tomasz Gollob revealed “I can feel my legs, feet, toes very well” as he dreams of the chance to ride a motorcycle one day.

Card image cap

FIM OCEANIA AND AUSSIE U21 CHAMPIONSHIPS POSTPONED

The FIM Oceania Speedway Championship due to take place at Aussie track Gillman on January 30 has been postponed.

Card image cap

VACULIK: FRIENDS REUNITED AT GORZOW

Slovak star Martin Vaculik can’t wait to team up with “best friend” Bartosz Zmarzlik as the pair reunite at Gorzow this season.

Card image cap

PERFECT TIMING FOR LAMBERT

Robert Lambert believes his FIM Speedway Grand Prix break has come at the right time after admitting he wouldn’t have been ready in 2019.

Card image cap

SGP QUIZ | SGP FINAL ROUNDS

Can you pick out the venues that have hosted the final round of an FIM Speedway Grand Prix series? Guess wrong and it's game over!

Card image cap

DOYLE SEALS DACKARNA DEAL

Aussie star Jason Doyle is determined to help Dackarna end their 14-year wait for Bauhaus Elitserien gold after joining the Malilla club.

Card image cap

EARLY MAY START FOR BRITISH SPEEDWAY

British Speedway bosses have agreed an early May start date for the 2021 season, with fixtures due to be published next week.

Card image cap

IVERSEN SET TO MISS PANTHERS SEASON

Peterborough advisor Dale Allitt admits Panthers are set to be without Niels-Kristian Iversen for 2021.