FREDDIE AT THE READY
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren hopes having time on his side will give him the edge as he prepares for this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.
The Orebro-born ace spent last year as the World Championship’s first reserve. He got the chance to race the whole season as he covered for the injured Jaroslaw Hampel. But it wasn’t until August that Lindgren knew he would be completing the campaign.
Lindgren was forced to make a few dashes to SGP events earlier in the season after receiving late call-ups from the FIM once they had been notified of Hampel’s withdrawal from a round.
"I had very late call-ups on a few occasions, but I made the best I could out of it and hopefully now with a bit more time and planning, I can perform a little bit better this year."
- Freddie Lindgren
But having been one of the first riders to book his place in the 2017 series at the GP Challenge on September 3, Lindgren is keen to make the most of having a whole winter to get ready to race the sport’s top stars.
“It was a bonus that I had the opportunity last year,” he said. “But it was a bit stressful sometimes to get everything organised.
“I had very late call-ups on a few occasions, but I made the best I could out of it and hopefully now with a bit more time and planning, I can perform a little bit better this year.”
Lindgren reached just one final in 2016, finishing third at the Stockholm SGP. He’s keen to make more podium appearances this time around.
The Andorra-based man said: “That’s what it’s all about, to be up there in the final and on the podium. That’s where you want to be; that’s when you have a good feeling after a hard night’s work. I am definitely looking to go on the podium a couple more times this year.”
Asked where he felt he could finish in the final standings, Lindgren replied: “In terms of the overall season, I haven’t set a target just yet. I want to go out and get a couple of finals – that’s about it.”
Lindgren exited the SGP series at the end of 2014, but bounced back hungrier and more determined than ever last season.
His hard-charging style became a talking point at times among fans and pundits. But Fast Freddie insists it’s nothing new.
“I don’t think it was new for last season,” he said. “I kind of changed my aggression on the track a couple of years ago. It hasn’t happened overnight. It’s something which has developed in me.”
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