LINDBACK TARGETS TORUN RETURN
Swedish star Antonio Lindback has confirmed he plans to race in the FST Grupa Brokerska Torun SGP on Saturday, despite battling nearly two months of stomach problems.
The Rio Rocket has been admitted to hospital in Sweden and told to rest for a few days.
But with the Brazil-born man clinging on to the eighth and final World Championship qualification place for 2017, with compatriot Freddie Lindgren a point behind him in ninth, he hopes to get back on track at the Marian Rose Motoarena, where he topped the rostrum in 2012.
"I’m sorry to say I won't be able to race tonight and I won't practice on Friday in Torun, but hopefully I will be well enough to race on Saturday."
- Antonio Lindback
Posting on his official Facebook page, he said: “I have had problems with my stomach for the last six to eight weeks.
"I hoped for it to get better, but unfortunately it has got much worse last couple of weeks.
“I’m sorry to say I won't be able to race tonight and I won't practice on Friday in Torun, but hopefully I will be well enough to race on Saturday.”
Lindback’s absence has dealt Poole Pirates’ Elite League title chances a hammer blow as he sits out their play-off semi-final decider at Wolverhampton tonight, with rider replacement being used to cover for him.
Despite Pirates holding a 51-39, team manager Neil Middleditch accepts defending it with a heavily depleted side, also missing the injured Bjarne Pedersen, will be a tall order.
He said: “Antonio has suffered a recurrence of the stomach problems he had last year. I’m not sure when that came on – last night or the night before. We just got a message this morning, saying he is in hospital and he needs to have at least two or three days rest.
“We knew he could ride around Wolverhampton and it is a specialist track.
"I wouldn’t say he was our trump card, but he was a more than ample replacement for Hans Andersen, and now this has happened.
“If we do it tonight, it will be a tremendous achievement. It’ll be a huge ask now. It becomes a mountain to climb. But we’ll still give it our best shot. As long as the boys are firing, we’ve still got a chance.”
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