Menu
Card image cap

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.

Matej Zagar

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.”

 

Card image cap

VIDEO | LAST YEAR IN MELBOURNE

FIM Speedway Grand Prix wins don't get bigger than this for Chris Holder. Here's how he won the 2016 QBE Insurance Australian SGP.

Card image cap

IVERSEN'S WILD AMBITION

Niels-Kristian Iversen hopes his status as Danish No.1 gives him the edge in the battle for an FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card.

Card image cap

DREAM CALL-UP FOR DAVE

Aussie star Dave Watt bids farewell to the sport with a guaranteed five rides in the QBE Insurance Australian SGP on Saturday.

Card image cap

WARD: HOLDER WILL BOUNCE BACK

Darcy Ward backed good friend Chris Holder to regain top form in 2018 as he fights for SGP survival in Melbourne on Saturday.

Card image cap

PEDERSEN BACK IN SWEDEN

Danish racer Nicki Pedersen is back in the Swedish Elitserien for 2018 after joining newly-promoted Vastervik.

Card image cap

DOYLE: WEBBER'S WORDS OF WISDOM

Jason Doyle admits a pep talk from Mark Webber helped him through one of the most gruelling nights of his career as he chases SGP gold.

Card image cap

ELITSERIEN | MALILLA KEEP MAGIC

Polish star Maciej Janowski remains in Dackarna colours for 2018 after signing a fresh deal.

Card image cap

KILDEMAND'S SPRINT FINISH

Danish racer Peter Kildemand is pleased to be ending 2017 on a high as he prepares for the QBE Insurance Australian SGP in Melbourne.