03/09/2011, 10:21

Swedish star Antonio Lindback admits his sluggish starting cost him the chance of a first ever Grand Prix win in Torun last Saturday.

The Rio Rocket may have already qualified for the 2012 World Championship by winning the GP Challenge at Vetlanda on August 20. But he is still gunning for a place in this year’s top eight after finishing fourth at the Marian Rose Motoarena last Saturday.

Lindback left Poland with 12 points and is now 11th in the World Championship with 60 – putting him level with fellow countryman Freddie Lindgren, who occupies 10th.

But the Avesta-based man was disappointed to trail home behind Andreas Jonsson, Jaroslaw Hampel and wild card Darcy Ward in his eighth career final.

"All of the guys are 100 percent pumped up to win a final and you need to take the start."

- Antonio Lindback

He said: “It was very good that I got to the final, but I was still a bit upset when I came last in it. That’s speedway. I’m not worried. All of the guys are 100 percent pumped up to win a final and you need to take the start.

“I think I can stay the right way and keep scoring points, which is the important thing. Everybody is quick here, but I feel good on the track. I just need to make some gates in more races.”

Lindback is on great form going into the FIM Dansk Metal Nordic Grand Prix at Vojens next Saturday and could close the 12-point gap between him and eighth-placed Kenneth Bjerre.

The Indianerna rider qualified for the SGP series via the GP Challenge at Vojens last year.

He also won this year’s semi-final at Gorican, which hosts the penultimate round, and Lindback impressed for Sweden at the Speedway World Cup Race-Off and Final in Gorzow – venue for the final Grand Prix of 2011.

With a good run of venues coming up, Lindback is keen to fight his way into the World Championship’s top eight for the first time in his career.

He said: “There are some good tracks left this year. I’m going to do my best and I’m looking forward to the Grand Prix meetings that are left.”

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