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RIDER REVIEW: FREDDIE LINDGREN

SGP Rider Review takes a look back at how the FIM Speedway Grand Prix riders got on in 2016. Today we feature Freddie Lindgren.

22 / 11 / 2016, 19:53

SGP Rider Review takes a look back at how the FIM Speedway Grand Prix riders got on in 2016. Today we feature Freddie Lindgren.

The Swedish international was only due to serve as first reserve in this year’s World Championship.

But the man who finished fourth at the 2015 GP Challenge in Rybnik was drafted in as a substitute for Polish star Jaroslaw Hampel when he failed to recover from the badly broken leg he suffered in June 2015, which kept him sidelined for over 14 months.

With Hampel unsure when he'd be ready for SGP action, Lindgren was eventually handed the chance to complete the season in his place.

With little to lose, the Orebro-born star put himself firmly in the race for the top eight, reaching five out of 11 semi-finals, with a fantastic third place in Stockholm on September 24 the highlight of his series.

Nine points in the following round at Torun then put him into the top eight, but his six-point haul in Melbourne saw him drop to 11th overall as an epic qualification contest reached its climax.

Happily for Lindgren, he had already taken another route into the 2017 SGP line-up, finishing third in the GP Challenge at Vetlanda on September 3, beating Danish rival Kenneth Bjerre in a run off for the final qualifying place.

It ensured Lindgren plenty of time to prepare for next season and a final few months with little pressure on his shoulders.

He also had plenty to celebrate in his league racing as he captained Wolverhampton to their first British Elite League title in seven years, as well as leading Daugavpils to Polish First Division glory.

Fast Freddie can be content with a solid season’s work as he plots his ascent up the World Championship table in 2017.

 

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