DOUBLE FIGURES FREDDIE?
Freddie Lindgren says he needs “an average of 11 or 12 points per round” to salvage 2014 SGP qualification, starting at Daugavpils tonight.
17 / 08 / 2013, 07:54
Swedish international Freddie Lindgren says he needs “an average of 11 or 12 points per round” to salvage 2014 SGP qualification, starting at the Rietumu Bank Latvian SGP in Daugavpils tonight.
The 27-year-old goes into the round placed 10th in the World Championship with 61 points – putting him 10 short of Greg Hancock, who occupies the final top-eight automatic qualification berth.
Fast Freddie could still receive a permanent wild card for next season from series organisers BSI Speedway and the FIM if he doesn’t qualify.
But the Orebro-born star refuses to rely on that and is already making plans for the winter months to help him move back up the ladder next season after his career-best finish of eighth place in 2012.
It just feels like I’m standing a bit still in the Grand Prix and my development. I’m already looking at what I need to do in the winter to make that progress.
Lindgren said: “It’s about points. I believe I need an average of 11 or 12 points per round to have a chance to get back into the top eight.
“I don’t have to rely on wild cards. I’m going to give everything I can to get back into the top eight and if I do, that’s great. If I don’t, who knows what will happen with my future.
“For sure, I can still have some good years in the Grand Prix. But it just feels like I’m standing a bit still in the Grand Prix and my development.
"I’m already looking at what I need to do in the winter to make that progress.”
Lindgren admits Daugavpils isn’t his SGP circuit of choice, but he hopes a visit to Russian racetrack Togliatti last Saturday will prove the perfect warm-up for the big, slick, Russian-style track.
He said: “I’ve raced in Latvia a couple of times, but not in a few years, though. It’s a difficult place to go and it’s the sort track I’ve struggled on my whole career.
“So it was definitely good to get some laps on a similar track in Togliatti last week and we’ll see what we can do.”