Martin Vaculík (born 5 April 1990)[1] is a Slovak motorcycle speedway rider.

Martin Vaculík
Born (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 34)
Žarnovica, Slovakia
NationalitySlovakian
Career history
Poland
2006-2007Krosno
2008Rzeszów
2009Gdańsk
2010-2015Tarnów
2016Toruń
2017-2018, 2021-2024Gorzów
2019-2020Zielona Góra
Sweden
2009Smederna
2010-2013, 2017Vetlanda
2014Vargarna
2015-2016Rospiggarna
Great Britain
2018Leicester
Denmark
2008, 2011–2012, 2014Holsted
Speedway Grand Prix statistics
SGP Number54
Starts48
Podiums7 (3-4-0)
Finalist10 times
Winner3 times
Individual honours
2023World Championship bronze
2013European Champion

Career edit

 
Vaculik in 2013

On the 6 May 2008, Vaculík gained a Polish speedway licence (Licencja "Ż") at Toruń.[2] and from 4 June 2008 he has taken part in the Polish Championships as a Polish domestic rider.[3]

In 2012, Vaculik won his first ever Grand Prix as part of the 2012 World Championship, he won the 2012 Speedway Grand Prix of Poland in Gorzów. The following year he won the 2013 Speedway European Championship. After missing the World Championship from 2014 until 2016 he returned in 2017 and won the 2017 Speedway Grand Prix of Slovenia. He won his third Grand Prix during the 2018 Speedway Grand Prix series when winning the 2018 Speedway Grand Prix of Poland II.

His only venture into British speedway (in 2018) ended in unfortunate circumstances after he broke an ankle riding for Leicester Lions in only his second outing with them.[4]

In 2019, he rode strongly and finished in 5th place in the World Championship but suffered several injuries that affected his 2020 and 2021 performances.

Vaculík finished in 9th place (despite injury problems) during the 2022 Speedway World Championship, after securing 91 points during the 2022 Speedway Grand Prix, which included winning the Czech Republic and Toruń Grand Prix. He broke his shoulder during a Polish league match.[5]

He was selected as a full time rider for the 2023 Speedway Grand Prix[6] and won the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic in June and Great Britain in September. He went on to secure a career best finish in the World Championship by claiming the bronze medal.[7]

Major results edit

World individual Championship edit

World junior Championships edit

European Championships edit

Speedway World Championships Results edit

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Heats Heat Wins GP Finals GP Wins Position Points
2012 NZL
DNS
EUR
DNS
CZE
DNS
SWE
DNS
DEN
DNS
POL
20
CRO
8
ITA
14
GBR
7
SCN
6
NOR
DNS
PL2
12
35 12
34.3%
2 1 11th 67
2013 NZL
5
EUR
4
SWE
3
CZE
6
GBR
11
POL
4
DEN
6
ITA
5
LAT
7
SLO
5
SCA
0
PL2
6
58 8
13.8%
0 0 14th 62
2017 SVN
16
POL
10
LAT
8
CZE
10
DEN
1
GBR
4
SWE
10
PL2
7
GER
14
SCA
5
PL3
5
AUS
9
69 13
18.8%
3 1 9th 99
2018 POL
DNS
CZE
DNS
DEN
3
SWE
1
GBR
3
SCA
10
PL2
18
SVN
9
GER
0
PL3
8
41 11
26.8%
2 1 13th 52
2019 POL
7
SVN
17
CZE
4
SWE
16
PL2
15
SCA
9
GER
4
DEN
7
GBR
9
PL3
7
59 17
28.8%
3 0 5th 95
2020 POL
9
PL2
3
PL3
12
PL4
11
CZE
16
CZ2
12
PL5
10
PL6
5
47 12
25.5%
1 0 9th 78

Speedway European Championship Results edit

Year 1 2 3 4 Heats Heat Wins GP Finals GP Wins Position Points
2013 POL
9
RUS
10
CRO
10
PL2
18
22 14
63.6%
2 1 1st 47
2014 GER
7
RUS
14
DEN
12
POL
8
22 7
31.8%
2 0 4th 41
2015 POL
4
GER
11
SWE
8
PL2
9
20 4
20.0%
0 0 5th 33
2016 GER
12
LAT
4
RUS
5
POL
0
17 3
17.6%
1 1 12th 24

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Świat Żużla, No 1 (77) 2009, pages 26-27, ISSN 1429-3285
  2. ^ "Po egzaminie w Toruniu: Vaculik i Ksiezak z licencjami Ż?" (in Polish). SportoweFakty.pl. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Komunikat Nr 21/2008 - Główna Komisja Sportu Żużlowego" (PDF) (in Polish). PZM.pl. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  4. ^ "LIONS WAIT ON INJURED DUO". Leicester Speedway. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  5. ^ "Much to race for". Speedway Star. 8 October 2022. p. 3.
  6. ^ "2022 Speedway Grand Prix results". FIM. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  7. ^ "BARTOSZ ZMARZLIK WINS 2023 SGP CHAMPIONSHIP WITH VICTORY IN TORUN, FREDRIK LINDGREN FINISHES SECOND". Eurosport. Retrieved 1 October 2023.