03/10/2016, 12:18

Slovenian star Matej Zagar insisted “I think others need to be more afraid than me” after reaching his second straight FIM Speedway Grand Prix final to close on the top eight.

The Ljubljana-born racer, who leads Belle Vue into the Elite League Grand Final, first leg at Wolverhampton tonight, finished fourth in the FST Grupa Brokerska Torun FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland on Saturday.

"I’m only three points off and I am in good shape. I’m fast, so I think others need to be more afraid than me."

- Matej Zagar

He is now 10th in the standings on 79 points – level with Torun winner Niels-Kristian Iversen and Antonio Lindback. They are just six points behind Maciej Janowski in seventh and three adrift of Freddie Lindgren in eighth in the battle for the top-eight automatic qualification places.

After a frustrating season, Zagar is certain he has found the speed needed to take on the best in the world ahead of the season-closing QBE Insurance Australian SGP in Melbourne on October 22.

And despite the fierce competition for the top eight, he believes his rivals have more to fear than him as he peaks at the perfect time.

He said: “It’s all open now. I’m only three points off and I am in good shape. I’m fast, so I think others need to be more afraid than me. I have good speed and it helps to achieve good meetings.

“You need fast bikes for Melbourne and, at the moment, my bikes are competitive. I look forward to the next round.”

Zagar has already won Polish Ekstraliga gold with Gorzow this season and could add the Elite League title to that this week. Belle Vue head to Wolves tonight, before hosting the decider at the National Speedway Stadium on Wednesday night.

The former world No.5 has lost play-off finals in Reading, Swindon and Aces colours. So he’s determined to end his wait for a British league crown.

He said: “It’s the only one I am missing. I’ve won in Sweden. I have won in Poland, but I have never won in Britain.”


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