LINDGREN: SGP IS WHERE IT COUNTS
World Championship leader Freddie Lindgren says his red-hot league form would've counted for little if he didn’t bring it into SGP 2018.
14 / 05 / 2018, 10:14
World Championship leader Freddie Lindgren says his red-hot league form would have counted for little if he didn’t bring it on to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stage.
The Swedish racer finished third in the BOLL Warsaw SGP at PGE Narodowy on Saturday, scoring 16 points to top the championship standings ahead of meeting winner Tai Woffinden.
Lindgren’s result comes as no surprise following a sensational start to 2018, which has seen him top the PGE Ekstraliga averages with Czestochowa on 2.778 points per race.
I have been on good form in the domestic leagues so far, but it doesn’t really count for anything until you get to the World Championship.
The Andorra-based ace is in the form of his life, and Lindgren was determined to make it count on the sport’s biggest stage.
Fast Freddie said: “I feel very proud of myself after Warsaw.
"I have been on good form in the domestic leagues so far, but it doesn’t really count for anything until you get to the World Championship. Everyone starts from zero and I am very happy with how I executed the whole evening.
“I never panicked; I kept calm, and I did my thing. I did the best I could and I obviously would have liked to win it, but in the end, when you’re on the podium in the SGP series, you have to be happy.
“This is a totally different ball game to the league racing. Don’t understand me wrong, league racing is very tough. But this is just a level higher. If you aren’t on top of your game, you don’t score any points in the series.
“You always have doubts in your mind, but I came here full of confidence and very focused. I took one heat at a time and I think I executed a really good Grand Prix.”
Lindgren has worked hard over the winter months to recover from the broken vertebra that ended his 2017 season and denied him the chance to secure his first ever World Championship medal.
That heartbreak only appears to have fuelled Lindgren’s determination to chase the sport’s biggest prizes.
But he admitted: “It has been very tough. Last year I saw a potential podium place fly away from me. I had to watch the last two rounds from a hospital bed. It has been a long road to recovery, but I have worked really hard during the winter and I feel really good now. I feel very good physically, mentally and mechanically.”
Assessing his podium chances, Lindgren refused to get too carried away. He said: “It feels like I have most pieces of the puzzle, but it’s a long season and I’ll take it one round at a time.
“I have to keep my focus all the time, stick to my training programme and keep a good worth ethic. I’ll take it step by step and stay injury free. It’s important to do all the rounds.”