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.
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.”