FREDDIE: SGP A DIFFERENT SPORT
Swedish international Freddie Lindgren does not think his busy Elite League schedule will give him the edge over his SGP rivals.
17 / 04 / 2013, 14:24
Swedish international Freddie Lindgren does not think his busy Elite League schedule will give him the edge over his World Championship rivals in Bydgoszcz on Saturday.
Fast Freddie is one of seven SGP stars who race regularly in Britain and he skippers Wolverhampton into action at Poole tonight, where he and team mate Tai Woffinden tackle Pirates’ world champion Chris Holder and Darcy Ward.
Given that the Polish Ekstraliga only staged its first meeting on Sunday after the opening two rounds were snowed off, that and the New Zealand SGP is the only competitive action half the Grand Prix riders have gained so far this season.
Lindgren has been piling up the points at Wolves’ 264-metre track. But he admits bringing his scoring to the much bigger and faster, 348-metre circuit in Bydgoszcz against the top riders in the world will be a far greater challenge.
Racing in England and racing at Bydgoszcz are two different sports really. The setups on your bikes are totally different.
He said: “Racing in England and racing at Bydgoszcz are two different sports really. The setups on your bikes are totally different.
“How the bikes reacts at the start in England when you have a big sprocket on and at Bydgoszcz when you have a small one is totally different. It’s good to win heats and be racing, but it’s a different ball game when you race on the big tracks and not the English small tracks.”
The Motorsportwash.com European SGP is the first individual World Championship round in Bydgoszcz since 2010, but many SGP stars have done plenty of laps at the Polish venue.
Lindgren admits his experience of the ZKS Polonia Stadium is limited and says the track will be a real test of the power in his bikes.
He said: “I haven’t been to Bydgoszcz that many times. I did a few Grand Prix events there, but they were in the lower division.
“I’m not 100 percent comfortable with the track. It’s very round and you need to get the horsepower on the ground very quickly. We’re doing some testing in Leszno and see if we can come up with some good equipment for the Bydgoszcz Grand Prix. I’ll give it all I can.
“I’m happy so far, but I still have a few new things to try out. You always push to go forward and get that edge. My gating is something we’re working really hard on at the moment and I’ve got some different clutch setups, which seem to be improving. It’s down to me to improve my gating technique as well.”