RIDER ROUND-UP: FREDDIE LINDGREN
SGP Rider Round-up catches up with the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars to find out what they get up to away from the shale. Today’s it’s Freddie Lindgren.
While most Swedes are still battling the cold at this time of year, Fast Freddie is enjoying life on two wheels in the Spanish sunshine.
The Orebro-born racer calls Andorra home these days. The tiny country, nestled in the Pyrenees Mountains on the Franco-Spanish border, is nicely located for riders seeking chances to get in the saddle and turn on the gas.
"All the time, I feel I am making improvements and it’s good to have a training buddy as well. Andreas is very serious. He trains very hard and we push each other."
- Freddie Lindgren
And it has given Lindgren the opportunity to get ready for the new season with some Spanish enduro training.
“I go a bit north of Barcelona – close to Girona,” he explained. “There are a few tracks around there. I have been here a while and they’re very close to home in Andorra – about two hour’s drive.
“On Thursday it was really nice there. It was probably the nicest it has been in a while. It was 23 degrees in the shade. It has been around 15-20 degrees most of the time.
“I have been training with a Swedish enduro racer Andreas Linusson.
"He’s doing the European Championship this year and we have been training a lot together, both riding the enduro and motocross bikes and also doing a lot of cycling and running.”
With good friend and four-time World Longtrack champion Joonas Kylmakorpi and a host of other motorcycle stars also based in Andorra, Lindgren isn’t short of training partners.
The region may be short of shale tracks, but the 2015 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup winner admits enduro offers fantastic preparation for the speedway season.
He said: “There are no speedway tracks down here, but it’s good for me to be on a different kind of bike. I can also work on my fitness, which is the main thing at the moment. I have been down here almost two and a half weeks, training very intensely before the season kicks in.
“All the time, I feel I am making improvements and it’s good to have a training buddy as well. Andreas is very serious. He trains very hard and we push each other.
“Speedway racing, enduro and motocross riding are totally different, but at the end of the day, you’re holding the handlebars and turning the throttle. It’s good to be on a bike for sure.”
While enduro tracks are much rougher than speedway circuits and motocross tracks, Lindgren believes riding on them now makes manhandling a speedway machine much easier.
He said: “Enduro is more trails riding. You go in the forests, or in Spanish enduro riding, you’re in the fields. There are not many jumps, but the tracks are normally a bit rough and you never know what to expect.
“I normally feel better for it at the start of the season. When you have been wrestling a big motocross bike for some time and you get on your speedway bike, it feels you can put it anywhere you want to. That’s why I’m doing it.”
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