VACULIK SET FOR HOSPITAL TESTS
Sunday 16th September 2012, 13:04
Martin Vaculik has ruled himself out of the FIM Dansk Metal Nordic SGP in Vojens on Saturday as he returns to hospital for tests to find the cause of his high blood pressure.
The Slovak, who was set to cover for the injured Kenneth Bjerre in Denmark, spent Friday and Saturday in hospital after being taken ill with the problem and will be re-admitted this afternoon. He will remain under observation until Wednesday.
Vaculik misses Tarnow’s Polish Ekstraliga semi-final, second leg at Torun this afternoon and will also be unavailable for Vetlanda’s Elitserien semi-final, second leg with Indianerna on Tuesday.
He admits his blood pressure has troubled him since the August 23 – two days before the FIM Fogo British SGP in Cardiff – and he is keen to get to the bottom of the issue.
"Iâ€™m so, so sorry I canâ€™t be in the Polish league, Swedish league or Grand Prix. But this problem Iâ€™ve had since Cardiff affects my results."
- Martin Vaculik
He said: “I may have a problem with blood pressure and the kidneys. So we must check everything and I will spend three days in hospital. Later we will know everything. Maybe I will need some tablets for blood pressure or something.
“All the time my blood pressure is around 160 over 90 or something like this. When I feel like this, I can’t race because I feel drunk – my head doesn’t feel very good.
“It started on the Thursday before Cardiff. I was at the hotel and I felt very, very bad. Later I went to practice and I had some magnesium tablets to bring my pressure down.
“It has been three weeks since Cardiff and I’m still having problems. I’ve gone to hospital because this is not normal and I have to do something. I will be in hospital until Wednesday. I’m not racing in Poland or Sweden, so 100 percent I will not be in Vojens.”
Vaculik, who admits his parents have suffered with blood pressure problems, can’t wait to discover the cause of his illness, get back to his best on the track and get this huge weight off his mind.
He said: “I’m very tough and I don’t want to show there is something wrong with me. But two days ago I felt very, very bad. I had to go to hospital and I knew it was time to stop and find out where the problem is because it’s a very bad situation and I can’t race.
“When we find the problem, I can race again and the results will be much better for me.
“All the time since Cardiff, I’ve been thinking about my health problem and my results were okay when I felt better. But when I didn’t, the results were worse. I want to make my results the best all the time and that’s why I’m going to hospital to try and find the problem.”
Vaculik, who is one of the favourites to win the GP Challenge at Gorican on September 29, hopes to get back into action as soon as possible and apologised for having to miss big meetings for his clubs.
He said: “I’m so, so sorry I can’t be in the Polish league, Swedish league or Grand Prix. But this problem I’ve had since Cardiff affects my results.
“I feel really very bad. If I felt normal, I wouldn’t go to hospital. The fact I’m in hospital means something.
“I’m a professional sportsman and I want to be at my maximum all the time. But now, with my condition, I can’t do that.
“I want to do that and that’s why I have made the decision to go to hospital, have some tests, check everything in my body and find where the problem is with the blood pressure.
“Later I can come back much stronger and I think I’ll be a much better rider because my head will be clear and I’ll know what happened. Then I can win everything again.”
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