RIDER REVIEW: ANTONIO LINDBACK
SGP Rider Review takes a look back at the FIM Speedway Grand Prix class of 2016. Today we feature Antonio Lindback.
The Rio Rocket returned to the World Championship after a two-year absence and made a rock-solid start, tallying 10 points in each of the opening rounds in Krsko, Warsaw and Horsens.
After scoring five in Prague, Lindback hit back with his performance of the year, topping the rostrum at the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff on July 9 after showing great composure to see off home hero Tai Woffinden, Bartosz Zmarzlik and Greg Hancock in the final.
This put him fourth in the World Championship, but after that triumph, the Brazil-born man’s form dipped alarmingly. He failed to register a single semi-final appearance in the following five rounds and dropped to 11th ahead of the final round in Melbourne.
But Lindback wasn’t down and out. He fought back fantastically Down Under, racing his way into the QBE Insurance Australian SGP final, finishing fourth with 14 points.
Despite falling short of the Etihad Stadium rostrum, that round was enough to seal Lindback seventh spot overall – matching the career-best finish he achieved in the 2012 series.
The 31-year-old also impressed for his clubs, enjoying a rock-solid season as Indianerna reached the Swedish Elitserien play-offs, while Polish Ekstraliga side Grudziadz narrowly missed out.
All is well that ends well and Lindback will be determined to build on a positive year when he returns to SGP action in April.
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