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He’s number one! Slovenian Matej Zagar to lead Belle Vue Aces’ 2013 Elite League campaign

By Matt Davies

Belle Vue Aces have snapped up Slovenian Grand Prix rider Matej Zagar to be their new number one rider in the Elite League campaign.

The experienced 29-year-old has not ridden in Britain since 2010 during a spell with Eastbourne Eagles where he averaged an impressive 8.04.

Aces operations director Chris Morton is delighted to have snapped up Zagar, as the preparations for the forthcoming campaign enter their final stages.

“Matty is a rider we looked at in 2010 but for logistical reasons he decided that Eastbourne was a better bet for him at that time,” said Morton.

“He is a quality rider, he is back on the Grand Prix scene this season and wanted to come back to race in the Elite League as well.

“We are happy with the riders we have signed already and having a genuine number one joining us is a massive step forwards.”

The Slovenian will replace Dane Charlie Gjedde, who has decided he is not yet ready to resume his British career after suffering concussion last season.

Zagar won the Individual European Championship in 2004 and 2008 and he has been named Slovenian Champion every year since 2002.

He began his UK career with the Trelawny Tigers in 2003, but moved to Reading when the Tigers ceased to exist in 2004.

Zagar also raced for Swindon before joining Eastbourne and is set to enter his third full season as a Grand Prix rider.

He becomes the fifth member of the Aces team to be signed up ahead of the 2013 Elite League, with Magnus Zetterstrom touted to fill one of the two remaining spaces.

Zagar’s main sponsor, Steve Warner has insisted that his rider wants to be the Aces’ number one rider and is relishing returning to the British speedway scene.

“Matty is really excited to have the chance of returning to race in the Elite League,” he said.

“It is a big year for him because he’s coming back to race here and he has won his
 way back into the Grand Prix.

“Matty is looking forward to joining a famous club with a great tradition.”

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