02/03/2017, 12:48

Swedish star Antonio Lindback believes he has what it takes to reach the world’s top four as he bids to improve on an up-and-down 2016 season.

The Rio Rocket finished seventh in last year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix series after a tough second half of the campaign.

"If I can do two more GPs better than I did last year, then I can be in the top four. That is my goal."

- Antonio Lindback

Despite scoring 10 points in the opening three rounds and winning the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff, he failed to reach the semis in five straight meetings, before saving his season with fourth spot at the season-closing QBE Insurance Australian SGP in Melbourne.

Having proved he can deliver the goods, Lindback is determined to score big on a consistent basis and do more than just secure the top-eight position needed to book his place for next year.

He said: “My goal was to get in the top eight, but of course I wanted to do better. I’m glad to stay in the GP, but I’m not happy with the scores.

“I started up pretty well, but I had some bad luck with different things. In the middle of the year, I was getting down, especially in the GP – I had some difficulties.

“That’s life. I still had a pretty good season, but this year I want to do much, much better. If I can do two more GPs better than I did last year, then I can be in the top four. That is my goal. I’d like to come up a few more steps and of course I am aiming for the top place, but it’s tough.

“We’ll take each one at a time. We’ll try and aim for the semis and final each time and then we’ll be up there. You need to stay away from the zeros and then keep going.”

Lindback admits he can’t push for the top alone and says his team and equipment will play a key role. He said: “It’s a team effort. The whole team needs to work properly and it’s not only me. The bikes need to be 100 percent and so do my mechanics. It’s about team work. We have hard work before us. We’ll go away, practise and test some new engines.

“I have a strong team for the season. I had a good team last year, but there were a few things that needed to change. We have done that and I am really pleased with the team I have this year, with the mechanics and everybody I have around me. Now I think this will be a really good year.”


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