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VACULIK TARGETS TOP EIGHT

Slovak star Martin Vaculik won’t pile the pressure on himself to win FIM Speedway Grand Prix gold as he targets the top eight this year.

09 / 01 / 2017, 12:55

Slovak star Martin Vaculik is targeting the FIM Speedway Grand Prix top eight, and admitted “when the time comes and I’m ready, I can fight for the World Championship.”

The Zarnovica-born starred as first reserve in the 2012 SGP series, earning a wild-card pick for 2013. But things didn’t work out for Vaculik as he failed to retain his spot after finishing 14th in the standings. After three years out of the competition, the 26-year-old returns hungry to mix it with the sport’s elite.

Sure, one day I want to be the best. Everything takes time, though. I know that in one or two years you can do it, but you don’t need to be world champion right now.

Martin Vaculik

But having come into the 2013 series with great expectations, Vaculik is keen to take things step by step this time, rather than expecting to mount a world title challenge in his comeback year.

He said: “That was one of the mistakes I made in 2013. I know how I have to take the Grand Prix series now. I have a different mindset and a different focus.

“I won’t put stupid pressure on myself. Sure, one day I want to be the best. Everything takes time, though. I know that in one or two years you can do it, but you don’t need to be world champion right now. Everything is a process and when the time comes and I’m ready, I can fight for the World Championship.”

Vaculik’s first priority is to secure his place in the 2018 SGP series. He said: “For me, the biggest goal will be staying in the top eight. That’s a very hard job and if I can do that, that’s perfect.

“Anything more will be a plus for me. Anything less will be a lesson and an experience. But the top eight is my goal.”

Vaculik knows achieving even a top-eight finish will be no easy task in arguably one of the most impressive SGP fields ever.

He said: “There are a lot of good riders and I think this year’s series is the strongest in I don’t know how many years. Fans should be very hungry to watch the series this year.”

 

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