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VACULIK'S 2021 WISH

Martin Vaculik hopes the sport can return to normality in 2021 and believes the pandemic has taught society not to take freedom for granted.

14 / 02 / 2021, 12:19

Slovak star Martin Vaculik hopes the speedway world can return to some kind of normality in 2021 and believes the pandemic has taught society not to take freedom for granted.

As the pandemic eased last summer, the Polish leagues and Sweden’s Bauhaus Elitserien were able to stage racing with fans in attendance, which gave the sport in Europe a huge lift.

Vaculik hopes more racing will be able to take place this summer as he longs for the moment when stands can be full at the sport’s biggest events.

When we had the freedom, it was worth a lot. Now we can understand that. Back then, we just didn’t care about freedom. It was basic and normal. Freedom was just standard.

Martin Vaculik

But the Zarnovica-born racer believes a year of coronavirus chaos has helped the world to appreciate things society previously took for granted.

He said: “I really hope we can have a normal season in 2021. I remember going to Cardiff before Covid; the place was full and people just didn’t have a care.

“When we had the freedom, it was worth a lot. Now we can understand that. Back then, we just didn’t care about freedom. It was basic and normal. Freedom was just standard.

“What has happened this year has opened our eyes – for all the people around the world. I think the world and people will be different after this. Maybe people will start being more thankful for everything and respectful.”

Vaculik has enjoyed some family time since the 2020 season ended, having spent almost the whole campaign living in Poland away from wife Kristina and their sons Marko and Maxim.

“I have really enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s fantastic to be home after a strange season in 2020. I was at home a couple of times, but it wasn’t like it normally would be during the season. Now I really appreciate being with my family full-time and that’s very important for me. We missed each other.”

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