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VACULIK WAITS ON COMEBACK DATE

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits he’s still waiting to find out when he’ll get the green light to get back on a bike.

17 / 05 / 2018, 10:21

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits he’s still waiting to find out when he’ll get the green light to get back on a bike.

The FIM Speedway Grand Prix star suffered a broken ankle in a third-bend pile-up in heat one of his SGB Premiership debut for Leicester at Swindon on April 12. He underwent two operations at a Bristol hospital – one to fix the broken bone and another to carry out a skin graft.

He is now recovering and working hard on his rehabilitation at his base in Zarnovica, posting regular images of his gym work on social media.

All the injuries I’ve had before have made me a better rider, so I also hope this will make me stronger and I can’t wait to sit on the bike again.

Martin Vaculik

Vaculik has confirmed he won’t race at the ANLAS Czech SGP on May 26 and his country has also been forced to withdraw from the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations due to their injury crisis.

But asked when he’ll be ready to resume racing, Vaculik said: “For now, I can’t say it will be two weeks, three weeks or six weeks, we have to see how many weeks it will be.

“Right now, everything is how it should be and everything is going well. I don’t have any pain and I have pretty good movement with my ankle. The flexibility is pretty right. Everything looks okay.

“Now I’m doing the rehabilitation and just taking my time. I think everything will be okay and I’ll be back on the track.

“I do a lot of training. My physio knows what they have to do, so I’m okay and I’m in good shape. I’m trying to keep my body in good condition. I think very soon I’ll be able to put 100 percent weight on my ankle.

“For 100 percent, I won’t be back for the Grand Prix in Prague. But later we will see. Things can change every day. We have to check everything with the doctor. When he gives me the green light, I can go. Then I will start practising on the bike.”

Vaculik has been replaced by Kenneth Bjerre at Leicester and could be a target for clubs in Britain and also Sweden, where he is yet to sign a deal for 2018.

But the Gorzow rider declined to be drawn on his plans once he is fit. He said: “I’m not thinking about it now. I’m thinking about my ankle, my physio, my training and making everything right.

“I just want to get back on the track as quickly as possible. Later, when I start practising on a speedway bike, I will start thinking about where and when I can race.”

Vaculik paid tribute to everyone who has supported him during his recovery and pledged to bounce back stronger.

He said: “I would just like to say thank you to all the fans who support me. They have written many nice messages and supported me on social media. It’s so nice. I read everything from the fans. Thank you very much for that.

“I’m training hard and I will be back. These things sometimes happen in speedway. It’s a motorcycle sport and sometimes it’s dangerous, but that’s alright – it’s something that I think will make me stronger.

“All the injuries I’ve had before have made me a better rider, so I also hope this will make me stronger and I can’t wait to sit on the bike again.”

 

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