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ANTON: IT'S ALL UP TO ME

Antonio Lindback says he has the speed to break into the World Championship’s top eight, and is determined to maintain his focus.

03 / 04 / 2012, 10:00

Swedish star Antonio Lindback says he has the speed to break into the World Championship’s top eight, and is determined to maintain the focus needed to get there.

The Rio Rocket made a superb start to 2012 in the FIM Buckley Systems New Zealand SGP on Saturday, scoring 13 points before exiting at the semi-final stages.

Lindback is riding on the crest of a wave after winning the GP Challenge at Vetlanda last August to qualify for the SGP series. He then picked up a major sponsorship deal with Monster Energy during the winter.

The Avesta-based man has never finished above 10th in the rankings, but he is determined to change that this season.

Some have questioned the fun-loving Lindback’s focus in years gone by, but the older and wiser Indianerna racer is keen to show he can maintain a top-eight push.

I’ve got the speed to get into the top eight this year. It’s just up to me to keep my mind focused in every meeting and not make any silly mistakes.

Antonio Lindback

He said: “I’m really happy with my engines and the team has done a fantastic job with the bikes.

“I’ve got the speed to get into the top eight this year. It’s just up to me to keep my mind focused in every meeting and not make any silly mistakes.”

Lindback may not have reached the semi-finals, but points make prizes at the end of the season and the rider was more than satisfied to go back to Europe with 13.

He said: “If you don’t get points, you don’t win anything. I scored 13 and if I can do this in every meeting, I shall be very happy.

“My goal is to get to the semi-finals and when you do that, anything can happen. I didn’t have a great start and that was enough for me to miss the final, but that’s life. I was happy to come here and start the season well.”

Rio de Janeiro-born Lindback is the only SGP star, other than Sydneysider Chris Holder, to be born in the Southern Hemisphere.

So he was delighted to see the competition dip below the equator for the first time and hopes the World Championship will become an even more global series.

He said: “I hope to come back to Auckland again soon. I think it’s good for the sport that we went to New Zealand. I hope the sport gets bigger and bigger. That’s the way it should be.”

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