TURNING UP THE HEAT
Wednesday 20th June 2012, 10:55
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren was delighted to hit his stride when it mattered most in Gothenburg and Copenhagen, but knows he still needs to score bigger in the Grand Prix heat races.
Fast Freddie goes into the FIM Gorzow SGP of Poland on Saturday on the back of a blistering run of form, having won the Swedish SGP on May 26 and finished second in the Danish round on June 9.
Lindgren scraped into the semis at the Ullevi Stadium on just seven points and made the cut on nine at PARKEN, but he managed to leave both events with 15 after reaching the rostrum.
The rider is pleased to have been so strong at the business end of the meetings, but he knows every point in every heat race counts towards his final World Championship total. So Lindgren, who is sixth in the standings on 52, is determined to strengthen his position with even more consistency.
"You need to be in the big points to have first or second gate choice in the semis and be able to make the final. Itâ€™s something I have to really start doing if I want to be challenging."
- Freddie Lindgren
He said: “That’s where I have to improve. You can’t scrape through all the time and, on some tracks, it’s pretty much impossible to get out of various gates.
“You need to be in the big points to have first or second gate choice in the semis and be able to make the final. It’s something I have to really start doing if I want to be challenging.
“I’ve had a little bit of luck to get through to the semis on eight and I made it on seven in Gothenburg. It meant I could have another go in the semis. I’ve been lucky enough to find a good setup towards the end of the meetings at Ullevi and Copenhagen.”
Lindgren has never finished higher than ninth in the SGP rankings, but that hasn’t stopped him aiming high this term.
He said: “I’m working hard all the time to stay where I am. I don’t want to fall back. I just want to keep going and I’m only looking upwards.
“I’m looking at the guys racing for the medals and that’s where I want to be this year. I don’t want to sit back and hope I get eighth position.”
Fast Freddie is not exactly a fan favourite in Gorzow after spending five years with the club’s deadliest rivals Zielona Gora. But the Edward Jancarz Stadium track holds no fears for him.
“I like Gorzow,” he said. “I think a lot of guys like it and it’s a pretty good race track. I think you’ll see a good Grand Prix and I hope I can just continue to score some points.
“I said before the season that if I average 10 points a meeting, I’ll be very happy. I want to keep it going.”
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