LINDBACK'S LESZNO HOODOO
Monday 30th April 2012, 14:50
Swedish hotshot Antonio Lindback was glad to see the back of Leszno for this year and admits “I’m not finding my way around that track.”
The Rio Rocket managed just four points in the FIM Fogo European SGP there on Saturday night, but stands eight in the World Championship thanks to the 13 he collected in New Zealand on March 31.
Lindback scored just one point at the Alfred Smoczyk Stadium last season and never looked like reaching the semi-finals again this year.
But the rider had no intention of blaming his team or his tools. He accepts Leszno is just a track he needs to master.
"If you want to be the world champion, you have to like all the tracks, so itâ€™s down to me to start liking Leszno."
- Antonio Lindback
He said: “I try not to have any tracks I don’t like, but unfortunately this is one of them. If you want to be the world champion, you have to like all the tracks, so it’s down to me to start liking Leszno.
“I was talking to one of my mechanics and I was saying that I need to go and practice on a track like this just to learn it.
“The bike was perfect and my team worked perfectly. It’s just me. I’m not finding my way around that track. I tried the inside, outside and it just wasn’t working.
“But I need to look forward. I’ve got Prague and Gothenburg next and I won’t sit down and be angry. I just need to look forward and keep going.”
Lindback kicks off his Swedish Elitserien campaign with Indianerna against Nicki Pedersen’s Vargarna on Tuesday night.
The 26-year-old also starts his meetings for Allsvenskan League club Masarna in May and hopes having more fixtures will get him sharper for the World Championship rounds.
He added: “I was a bit worried that I only had two meetings between New Zealand and Leszno. I felt that was too little. It’s nice to have the Elitserien and Allsvenskan League coming.”