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ZAGAR OPEN TO UK RETURN

Slovenian star Matej Zagar says he wouldn’t rule out a British Premiership comeback, despite Belle Vue’s financial woes last year.

27 Feb 2017, 11:52

Slovenian star Matej Zagar says he wouldn’t rule out a British Premiership comeback, despite Belle Vue’s financial woes last year.

The Ljubljana-born man admits he was owed money by the previous Aces promotion, whose licence was rescinded by the BSPA after they were kicked out of the National Speedway Stadium.

The club is back up and running under new management for this year, although it’s unclear whether they’ll move for Zagar on his 10.47 average.

For me, riding three to four times a week is a very good amount and that’s why I decided to ride in England for the last four years.

Matej Zagar

The former world No.5 already has contracts with Czestochowa in Poland and Swedish side Smederna. He wouldn’t rule out adding Britain to his schedule, but admits Aces’ financial troubles took their toll on him.

He said: “The situation is pretty hard, obviously. There was a big financial problem we didn’t know much about and not only me, but the rest of riders haven’t get their payments.

“I enjoyed being there and racing for them but unfortunately these things happened and actually nobody warned us about this. It wasn’t the nicest way to end, but it also doesn’t mean a definite ‘no’ over me racing in the UK.”

While many of Zagar’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix rivals are happy with simply racing in Poland and Sweden, Slovenia’s finest is keen to keep busy.

He said: “Taking a break is fine and everybody likes to take a rest, but I am different to everybody.

“I am a professional sportsman and my job is to race, so I want to do it.

"For me, riding three to four times a week is a very good amount and that’s why I decided to ride in England for the last four years.

“Of course, there weren’t only good times during those four years. Sometimes I had some unnecessary injuries and some issues with the engines last year. But everything got sorted in the end and I have been very, very strong.”

 

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