ZAGAR BOOSTED BY BIG FINISH
Slovenian star Matej Zagar admits finishing 2016 strong has given him the confidence to hit the ground running in this year’s SGP series.
16 / 04 / 2017, 12:00
Slovenian star Matej Zagar admits finishing 2016 strong has given him the confidence to hit the ground running in this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship series.
Despite finishing third at last season’s second round in Warsaw, the Ljubljana-born man endured a nightmare middle to last season, failing to reach the semis at five straight rounds.
He got back on the pace in the nick of time, finishing fourth in Stockholm and Torun, before reaching the semis at the last round in Melbourne to fall just a point short of the top-eight automatic qualifying positions in ninth.
Last year I finished off well and it’s the first time in 10 years probably that I have done that. Normally I’m fed up with racing a bit by October.
But Zagar is determined to build on the speed he found, starting at the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP in Krsko on April 29.
He said: “I feel in the same condition I finished last year, to be honest. I kept all the kit I had and I’ve got the same people around me and the same engines. It should be good. I didn’t change anything.
“I prefer to have finished the season well than the other way, even if I was fourth of fifth. To finish off badly is not a good thing, which I have done before.
“Last year I finished off well and it’s the first time in 10 years probably that I have done that. Normally I’m fed up with racing a bit by October. This time I was fired up, seeking good results and I got them.”
Zagar admits only a lack of consistency is denying him the chance to battle for World Championship medals. It’s an issue he’s keen to solve this season.
He said: “I just want to win heats and win the meetings. I am more than capable of doing it; I only need to look for consistency. That’s going to get me into the better positions. Everything else I have. I’m just looking for some more consistency and I’ll be right up there.”
Asked what he needs to produce the consistently big scores, he replied: “It’s just the equipment. For three quarters of the season, I was just dealing with the wrong people with engines. In the end, I found the right setup I needed.”