FREDDIE: WOFFY'S BACK
Freddie Lindgren says his SGP rival Tai Woffinden is “on the up again” after the Team GB man relieved him of Wolves' No.1 race jacket.
07 / 03 / 2013, 14:45
Grand Prix star Freddie Lindgren says his SGP rival Tai Woffinden is “on the up again” after the Team GB man relieved him of Wolverhampton’s No.1 race jacket last season.
Lindgren, who has a greensheet average of 8.68, topped the Elite League charts in 2009 and 2010. But he will not even start this year as Wolves’ top man after a resurgent Woffinden pipped him on 8.80.
The duo, who lock horns at the New Zealand SGP in Auckland on March 23, have raced together at Monmore Green since 2009 when they lifted the British league title. They have also competed together for Wroclaw in Poland and Swedish side Dackarna.
After a couple of difficult seasons for Woffinden, Lindgren was pleased to see him get back on course last term. And he cannot wait to have some friendly competition to be Wolves’ top dog.
Me and Tai get on really well. We’ve ridden together for many clubs. We are really good friends, but it’s good to have that competition.
Lindgren, who races with Woffy his UK testimonial at Monmore Green on Sunday, said: “It’s great to see Tai coming along.
"His career was just going upwards and upwards, but then he had some issues and stagnated a bit. But he’s on the up again and that shows with him taking over the No.1 race jacket at the end of last season.
“It’s good to have competition. Me and Tai get on really well. We’ve ridden together for many clubs. We are really good friends, but it’s good to have that competition to push each other to be better.”
Wolves have been building their teams around Fast Freddie and Woffy since 2009, much like Poole have done with Chris Holder and Darcy Ward.
The Aussies have an almost telepathic understanding on the track and have been dubbed the sport’s greatest double act since the days of Greg Hancock and Billy Hamill.
Lindgren is keen to build a similar partnership with Woffinden. He said: “Chris and Darcy push each other to go faster all the time. They’ve got a really good partnership when they ride together, which is what me and Tai are working on.
“It was really good when I raced with PK (Peter Karlsson) in the final few races and the heat was on. Me and Tai are starting to find that understanding now and it’s going to be a really good partnership.”