STEADY SUPPORT FOR VACULIK
Martin Vaculik admits former Great Britain racer Simon Stead played a key role in bringing him to the UK and Leicester next year.
16 / 11 / 2017, 09:36
Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits former Great Britain racer Simon Stead played a key role in bringing him to the UK and Leicester next year.
Stead was part of Vaculik’s SGP pit crew for the first half of this season, and despite parting ways in the World Championship, the pair have remained in close contact.
The former Sheffield rider team manages Tigers in the SGB Championship, and club boss Damien Bates also owns Premiership side Leicester.
I think Britain gives you a better technique on the bike and when you look at all the world champions since I don’t know which year, everyone has raced in Britain.
So Stead worked overtime to bring the new world No.9 to Beaumont Park and Vaculik admits the former British SGP wild card’s vast experience will be vital as he takes on the Premiership for the first time.
He said: “I still have a very good connection with Simon and he did some big work on this contract with Leicester.
“I will be continuing my relationship with Simon in the British league. He helps me a lot. He knows people from the Sheffield and Leicester promotions.
“I’m very thankful for his work for me. He’s a good friend of mine and everything will be good when I’m in Britain.
“Simon and my British mechanic will give me a lot of experience with the setup and my job will be just to come to the dressing room, put my race suit on, get on the track and score many points.”
Vaculik has never been short of offers to make his UK debut, and while Leicester has a reputation for being a narrow circuit where fast starts are vital, that works nicely for the SGP rider.
He said: “I had so many offers from Britain, but at the end of the day I chose the offer from Leicester because I think it’s exactly what I am looking for.
“When I spoke with the club about my future, we had very professional communication and also the track there isn’t the easiest in Britain. That’s why I also made this choice.
“That’s what I need. I need to start on a track like this every week. I think it will help me a lot with the stuff I need to make better.”
Britain’s tight and technical tracks have proved a key part of many top stars’ speedway education.
Vaculik added: “Britain gives you such a big experience with tracks, setup, the feeling of the bike and with the racing and contact on the small, technical tracks. It gives you extra sharpness.
“I think Britain gives you a better technique on the bike and when you look at all the world champions since I don’t know which year, everyone has raced in Britain. I think this experience is fantastic if you want to be a quality rider.
“That’s what I am looking for at Leicester and I also want to get some good results for them.”
Vaculik insists he isn’t just in the UK as a student of the sport. He determined to help bring success to a club that finished bottom of this year’s Premiership. He said: “I think Leicester is a very good club for me and I also want to be a very good rider for them.
“I want to give my best in the UK. From one side, it’s an education for me. But from the other side, I have a career behind me and I can score many points. I want to score many points for Leicester.
“I really hope I can get good results with the Lions next year. I don’t want to say which position we’ll be in – play-offs or not. I just really hope that with my team, we can get good results. That’s very important for us.”