Menu
Card image cap

ZAGAR TOP EIGHT THREAT

Matej Zagar insisted “I think others need to be more afraid than me” after reaching his second straight SGP final to close on the top eight.

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.”

 

Card image cap

TRIO POWER INTO SGP 2018

Przemek Pawlicki, Artem Laguta & Patryk Dudek sealed places in the 2018 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series at the GP Challenge in Togliatti.

Card image cap

ON THE SPOT | GREG HANCOCK

We end the week by putting FIM Speedway Grand Prix world champ Greg Hancock #OnTheSpot ...

Card image cap

FRICKE & MIEDZINSKI MISS CHALLENGE

World Under-21 champion Max Fricke and Adrian Miedzinski have both withdrawn from Saturday’s GP Challenge in Togliatti.

Card image cap

WOFFY FUMES OVER HOLTA CRASH

Tai Woffinden says there are no long-term worries about his fitness after hitting out at Rune Holta’s role in their horror crash in Poland.

Card image cap

ROSCO: SET RACE NIGHTS A MUST

Great Britain and Swindon boss Alun Rossiter has joined the growing band of key figures to call for set race nights for the SGB Premiership.

Card image cap

PIRATES PICK UP WORYNA FOR 2018

Poole boss Matt Ford believes he may have recruited “the next Maciej Janowski” after signing World Under-21 finalist Kacper Woryna for 2018.

Card image cap

VIDEO | MALILLA HEAT OF THE WEEK

Jason Doyle​, Chris Holder and Patryk Dudek go bar-to-bar for second and third in our Teng Tools Swedish SGP heat of the week from Malilla.

Card image cap

HOLDER: NO REGRETS OVER SAFETY STAND

Aussie ace Chris Holder insists he did the right thing in taking a stand over safety, despite facing a nine-month British speedway ban.