LINDBACK LOOKING UP
Swedish star Antonio Lindback insisted “I’m not looking down, I’m looking up” as he steps up his battle to secure FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification for 2017 in Stockholm tonight.
The Rio Rocket occupies the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot for next year on 70 points. While Nicki Pedersen in ninth is sidelined due to injury, Freddie Lindgren (59), Niels-Kristian Iversen (57), Peter Kildemand (56) and Matej Zagar (49) are all hunting Lindback down.
"I am still where I want to be. I’m still up in the top eight and I can still get a bit further up. I’ll just do the best I can. I still have three more GPs to go."
- Antonio Lindback
But the Poole, Masarna and Grudziadz man is more focused on climbing the standings than dropping down as he bids to end a run of three SGP rounds without reaching a semi-final.
Lindback, who is just two points short of Maciej Janowski in sixth, said: “I’m not looking down, I’m looking up. I can get up to about sixth place with just a couple of points. We’ll see what happens. I’ll take Stockholm tonight. I want to have a good meeting there. Then when we’ll see where I stand.
“It has been tough and it can be up and down in speedway. I’m pretty happy with stuff. There are a few things I want to change, but I am still where I want to be. I’m still up in the top eight and I can still get a bit further up. I’ll just do the best I can. I still have three more GPs to go.”
Lindback won the last event staged on an indoor track – the Adrian Flux British SGP in July. He rides temporary circuits well and hopes to make that expertise count at the Friends Arena this evening.
He said: “I like these tracks. They do a good job with them. Everyone races well on them, though, so you need to have a good day. You need to be really focused. I’ll do my best to get on the podium. I’m looking forward to tonight. It will be a good one. I hope I can have a good meeting and come out on top.”
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