LINDGREN'S LEAGUE WORRY
Saturday 12th May 2012, 13:00
Swedish hotshot Freddie Lindgren believes he is “still in the hunt” in the Grand Prix series, but remains concerned about his domestic form ahead of the FIM Mitas Czech SGP tonight.
The Wolverhampton No.1 has still been notching up double-figure returns in the British Elite League, but he has not been getting the maximums he used to enjoy on a weekly basis at Monmore Green.
Lindgren is also some way short of his best in the Polish Ekstraliga with Wroclaw and in the Swedish Elitserien, where he rides for Dackarna.
But Fast Freddie still has 16 World Championship points after taking eight apiece from the rounds in Auckland and Leszno.
"Itâ€™s probably down to me not riding as hard as you have to sometimes. Iâ€™m trying to find some form again."
- Freddie Lindgren
These results have given Lindgren cause for optimism in Prague, but he is keen to get back on form for his clubs too.
He said: “It has been a difficult start, I think. I’ve been trying to find some form and I’ve been working hard on my equipment, trying to get going really.
“It has been pretty good to get 16 points from the first two Grand Prix rounds, which means I’m still up there. But my league form is not that good. I’m still looking for my form. It hasn’t been there and I’ve not been fast in the leagues when I’ve been riding.
“I’m not really scoring big points and it has been tough. But I’m still in the hunt in the World Championship. I had a few new things I tried out on Friday and hopefully they’ll work out tonight.”
Asked why he felt he was having problems hitting his stride, Lindgren replied: “It’s hard to say really. I don’t know. Maybe it’s a combination with myself and not finding the right setup with the engines. Even at Wolverhampton, I’ve not been as dominant as I usually am. It’s probably down to me not riding as hard as you have to sometimes. I’m trying to find some form again.”
Lindgren admits a procession of rain-offs, particularly in the UK, hasn’t helped him this year.
But he said: “It’s the same problem for most of the guys. Luckily for me, I’ve been racing in Poland and Sweden, so even though the meetings have been cancelled in Britain, I’ve still been racing.
“I’d definitely like to ride a bit more often. The rain-offs are frustrating, not only for us, but for everyone involved in UK speedway racing.
“We don’t know what the after effects of this will be. We might have a crazy schedule coming up in a couple of week’s time when we’ve got to fit in all these meetings that have been called off.”
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