ZAGAR'S DOMESTIC CHORES
Slovenian star Matej Zagar says he’d be happy to end his extraordinary record of 15 national titles, but can’t if he’s to race abroad.
22 / 03 / 2017, 11:32
Slovenian star Matej Zagar admits he’d be happy to end his extraordinary record of 15 straight national titles, but knows he can’t if he’s to race abroad.
The Ljubljana-born man has dominated the Slovenian Championship for his whole career in a nation lacking competition at the top level.
I do get very de-motivated and I would like to quit it, but unfortunately in order to get a licence letting me compete overseas, I need to ride in the Slovenian Championship.
Aside from the late Matej Ferjan, Zagar has been the sole Slovenian rider to compete full-time in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series. He also races for Czestochowa in Poland and Swedish side Smederna this year.
With these commitments, Zagar admits it’s tough to get motivated for his national championship meetings after a decade and a half of dominance.
He said: “In fact, I do get very de-motivated and I would like to quit it, but unfortunately in order to get a licence letting me compete overseas, I need to ride in the Slovenian Championship.
“The rules state that I have to ride in four meetings and only then I am eligible to ride in GPs or other leagues.
“So it’s a must for me. It’s not an ambition or a pleasure. It’s like waking up in the morning. You simply have to do it.”
Zagar has completed a switch from Gorzow to Czestochowa for this season and hopes a change of circuit will help him progress.
He said: “I wanted to change the club and Czestochowa has been always the kind of track I liked and I think it’s a good place to develop as a rider.
“I liked a track at Gorzow too but I guess it couldn’t give me any more progress. I think I wouldn’t be able to learn anything new on that track.”