FREDDIE: MY TIME IS COMING
Tuesday 26th June 2012, 17:18
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren believes he has time on his side as bids to reach the summit of world speedway.
The 26-year-old stormed to 11 points in the FIM Gorzow SGP of Poland on Saturday, but missed out on his third straight final after finishing behind local hero Tomasz Gollob, eventual winner Martin Vaculik and Andreas Jonsson in the semi.
Lindgren is currently sixth in the World Championship on 63 points – putting him 24 behind leader Greg Hancock and 15 adrift of Jason Crump and Chris Holder, who are level on 78 points in second and third.
Fast Freddie has never finished higher than ninth in the standings in four seasons as a full-time SGP star.
So the fact he is eyeing a medal push rather than automatic qualification is a great mark of the progress he has made this term.
"Iâ€™m working hard all the time and Iâ€™m still not as old as some of the riders here. I still have a few years to catch up."
- Freddie Lindgren
Lindgren said: “This is a step in the right direction. I’m working hard all the time and I’m still not as old as some of the riders here. I still have a few years to catch up.
“It looks like we’re finally going in the right direction internationally with the Grand Prix. That’s encouraging.”
Despite missing out on a medal in Gorzow, Fast Freddie is starting to show the consistency required to reach the very top of the sport.
Lindgren may have been unable to follow up his victory in the Swedish SGP on May 26 and his second place in the Danish SGP on June 9 with another medal, but he knows points make prizes.
After scoring just seven in his Gothenburg heats and eight in Copenhagen, he only bagged a total of 15 from each event.
So he was encouraged by a far more consistent display at the Edward Jancarz Stadium.
He said: “I’m very happy with the performance. It was the best GP in the main event for me this season. Unfortunately, I made a mistake with the setup for the semi-final, but I’m really happy with the way things went. I still came out with 11 points, even though I didn’t score any extra in the semi-final and didn’t have a chance to get any in the final.
“I’m still in the hunt at the halfway stage. There are a lot of points to play for and I’m going to come strong in the end I hope.”
Lindgren’s next big international meeting is set to be the FIM Monster Energy Speedway World Cup Final at Malilla’s G&B Arena on July 14.
The Orebro-born man, who is in the form of his life, is unlikely to be left out of team manager Bo Wirebrand’s side to face the winners of Event One and Two and the Race-Off victors.
Whichever countries make it into the meeting on Lindgren’s Elitserien home track, the Dackarna hero is confident the hosts have what it takes to win their first FIM Monster Energy SWC crown since 2003.
He said: “We’re going to go there and try to win. I’m not 100 percent sure what team we’ve got yet. Only me and AJ are pretty much in the team and then the others are fighting for the last two spots.
“We have a great chance. Andreas and I ride every fortnight in Malilla and it’s our home track in Sweden. It’s going to be a tough one, but we’ll do as well as we can.”
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