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With video - Lukas Dryml's retirement letter to his fans
7:00am Saturday 31st May 2014 in Sport
Speedway – a true passion and love at first glance for Lukas Dryml but, as time flies, you need to call it a day...
Winter time, a unique feeling, because you can look at bikes from a different perspective.
So, when I looked out of the window and saw marvellous snowy mountains, my thoughts were turning into a special zone.
I thought about pros and cons.
Using my imagination, I was considering different scenarios.
I raced on a speedway bike for so many years, so obviously it wasn’t an easy decision.
Speedway will always stay in my heart, there’s no doubt about it.
I don’t think the shape of my soul will ever change. I will love speedway until the day I die. I am addicted to this beautiful sport.
I devoted so much time to being a speedway rider. I always wanted to bring a lot of excitement and pure joy to all my fans and speedway supporters.
But there comes a time when my family becomes a priority. Methanol was my “air” for many years. I loved speedway action. We all know you need to be fully dedicated if you dream about being successful on the track.
Now I want my wife, my lovely little daughter to be my closest people. I enjoy spending time with them.
Many factors were considered so I made a decision to call it a day.
My private life has changed a lot.
Modern speedway is negative in some aspects but of course sport has its positive side as well.
I remain optimistic seeing the possibilities to develop speedway and put it into a family of high profile sports.
I had moments of enormous joy but, during my racing days, I had tough times when I touched the darkest side of speedway.
It was glory and pain, a truly wonderful mixture. Speedway taught me how to survive when I struggled.
My racing career made me tough and sensitive.
I must admit I am very well prepared to make the next step in my life.
I am full of energy, I know how to handle all pressure, I am fresh mentally.
A life is not always a bed of roses, we are not living in a perfect world. I am a down-to-earth, easy-going bloke. That’s how I see it.
I feel I did everything I could on a speedway track. My results and achievements speak for themselves.
I have won many tournaments. I always gave 100% and made great effort to succeed. The bar was set pretty high, I wanted to make my dreams come true.
Of course I was extremely lucky because my family helped me a lot.
My parents were so energetic to prepare me for a wonderful speedway career.
Whenever I needed any advice, my mum and dad were always ready to support me. I met many friends and people with a lovely heart.
Speedway is my family. I have fabulous people around me, I have true fans and great sponsors.
I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped me throughout my racing days.
I always did my best on a bike, always put all my energy into being a good speedway rider.
But I must admit I don’t feel I can race any more. There’s no magic spark any more, there’s no extremely strange feeling when I sit on a bike now.
I had my time, its time walk away and concentrate on different aspects in life.
I don’t feel I need to be nervous like before every single race.
That’s the main reason why I decided to say farewell to speedway racing.
I strongly believe I will have a happy family life. Now I don’t need to spend hours in a workshop, I can smell the coffee with my wife and see the other side of life with joy. Observing our little daughter Tereza growing is a magical feeling.
I have a deep faith that there will be another child in our family but no pressure to educate another speedway rider.
I want to live a life with huge emotional intensity.
I am lucky enough to cross the river without getting my feet wet. My parents have built a good company and a very successful business. They worked hard during the last 20 years.
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Being a car dealer is a fantastic venture but it requires a lot of effort.
I promise I will do my best to make a family business even more successful.
Skoda is a good car and I hope I take care of our customers and employ the best staff possible.
Obviously there’s always a big question mark regarding speedway. Only time will tell. Who knows? Maybe I will take care of up and coming youngsters in Czech Republic speedway?
Perhaps I will work to make speedway stronger in a larger European scale.
You ever know what the next day will bring. One thing is certain: speedway will always have a nice dwelling in my heart.
Many thanks to all my fans, sponsors, friends and for all the great moments I had during my speedway career.
I can only hope you had a nice time when I was racing.
I take a look at a speedway bike with a huge amount of love and admiration. Yes, it was a fabulous piece of music, no doubt about it.
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