Matej Žagar

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Matej Žagar
Matej Zagar.JPG
Personal information
Nationality  Slovenia
Date of birth (1983-04-03) April 3, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth    Ljubljana, Slovenia
Website MatejZagarRacing.net
Current club information
British league Belle Vue Aces
Polish league Caelum Stal Gorzów
Career history
Częstochowa (POL)
Toruń (POL)
Rzeszów (POL)
Eastbourne Eagles (GBR)
2006
2007
2008
2010
Individual honours
European Champion
Under-19 European Champion
2004, 2008
2002
Team honours
European Club Champion 2003

Matej Žagar (born April 3, 1983 in Ljubljana, Slovenia) is a Slovenian motorcycle speedway rider who was won Individual Speedway European Champion titles (Senior in 2004 and 2008; Under 19 in 2002). He was permanent speedway rider in 2006 and 2007 Speedway Grand Prix seasons. He was touted as a potential GP wildcard for the 2012 SGP season following impressive and consistent performances in the Polish Extraliga with Gorzow, but turned down the opportunity to replace Darcy Ward due to the 1GP rider in the Extraliga and his contract with Gorzow, where 2010 world champion Tomasz Gollob was signed up.

He began his UK career with the Trelawny Tigers in 2003 before moving to the Reading Racers in 2004 when the Tigers closed. He later represented Reading, Swindon and Eastbourne before quitting the UK scene after an underwhelming 2010 campaign. He returned after signing for the Belle Vue Aces in 2013.

Career highlights[edit]

  • Team World Championship (Speedway World Cup):
    • 2001 - 6 points in Preliminary Round 1
    • 2002 - 10th-11th place (5 points in Event 3)
    • 2003 - 9th place (13 points in Event 2)
    • 2004 - 9th-10th place (18 points in Qualifying Round 2)
    • 2005 - 9th-10th place (11 points in Qualifying Round 2)
    • 2006 - 9th-10th place (17 points in Qualifying Round 2)
    • 2007 - 13th-14th place (16 points in Qualifying Round 1)
  • Individual Slovenian Championship:
    • 2002 - Slovenian Champion
    • 2003 - Slovenian Champion
    • 2004 - Slovenian Champion
    • 2005 - Slovenian Champion
    • 2006 - Slovenian Champion
    • 2007 - Slovenian Champion
    • 2008 - Slovenian Champion
    • 2009 - Slovenian Champion
    • 2010 - Slovenian Champion
    • 2011 - Slovenian Champion
    • 2012 - Slovenian Champion

Current clubs[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
2003 30th 5 15th Wild card ride
2004 26th 8 9th Wild card ride
2005 16th 23 3rd 2 Wild card rides
2006 7th 97 2nd First full season as a GP rider
2006 14th 54 7th second full season as a GP rider
2008 20th 7 9th 1 Wild card ride
2009 19th 7 10th 1 Wild card ride
2011 19th 14 8th 2 Wild card rides
2013 7th 110 2nd third full season as a GP rider
  permanent speedway rider
  wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
  rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)

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