Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Come in Number Come in Number1 ; Aces Sign GP Ace Matej Zagar for New Season Belle Vue Squad Is Now Almost Complete

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Come in Number Come in Number1 ; Aces Sign GP Ace Matej Zagar for New Season Belle Vue Squad Is Now Almost Complete

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very confident in his ability and now he's in the position he BELLE Vue have made the scoop signing of Slovenian Grand Prix star Matej Zagar as their new top man.

And the 29-year-old has made it clear the desire to be the Aces' No 1 when they go into their planned new stadium next year is high in his thoughts.

Zagar's first priority, though, is to head a revival by the club who finished bottom of the Elite League last year.

Operations director Chris Morton emerged triumphant from patient and detailed negotiations with Zagar, who last rode in Britain for Eastbourne in 2010.

Morton has had the signing cleared by the British Speedway Promoters' Association and Zagar comes in on a GP rider's eight- point average.

He is the fifth rider signed by the Aces for the new season, which begins next month, and can provide a real cutting edge to the strong middle and tail end they have signed so far.

Zagar's signing leaves two places in the squad and the Aces are talking to former GP rider Magnus Zetterstrom, who would come in for Dane Charlie Gjedde who has decided he is not ready to resume his British career after suffering concussion last season.

Zagar, based in the Slovenia capital Ljubljana, is returning to the Grand Prix fold this season after qualifying in 2006 and 2007. His best finish was when he was seventh with 97 points in his debut year.

The European champion of 2004 and 2008 has dominated the Slovenian domestic scene completely, winning his national championship every year since 2002.

He first rode in Britain in 2003 when he joined Trelawny and had spells at Reading and Swindon before going to Eastbourne.

Zagar begins his Grand Prix campaign with the New Zealand round in Auckland at the end of next month which will be his first meeting of the year. He will be getting back on a bike shortly on Slovenian tracks in order to sharpen up for the new campaign. …

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