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LINDGREN: LITTLE HOME ADVANTAGE

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren admits an epic Malilla track will offer him little home advantage in tonight’s Teng Tools Swedish SGP.

12 / 08 / 2017, 10:01

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren admits an epic Malilla track will offer him little home advantage in tonight’s Teng Tools Swedish SGP.

The Dackarna icon goes into the event keen to close on the World Championship’s frontrunners. Lindgren has 58 points in fourth place, but Malilla team mates Maciej Janowski and Patryk Dudek in second and third are 17 ahead on 75.

All three will be looking to make the most of racing the SGP elite on their Swedish Elitserien home track as they bid to hunt down series leader Jason Doyle, who has 78 points.

Most riders who come here really enjoy going to Malilla to race. It’s not really a track where you have any kind of home-track advantage.

Freddie Lindgren

But with Malilla a popular circuit among the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars, Lindgren knows their rivals will also relish racing at the G&B Arena.

He said: “Most riders who come here really enjoy going to Malilla to race. It’s not really a track where you have any kind of home-track advantage.

“Most guys go there with fast bikes and when you’ve got them, you can use different racing lines.

“It shows in the results we’ve had with the Dackarna team this year. We have actually won more meetings away than we have at home, which means the opposition normally comes here, enjoys the place and likes riding here.

“It works both ways. Home-track advantage is very important in league racing and for the team. But for a Grand Prix, it’s also nice to have a track everyone can have a go at.”

Lindgren admits keeping on top of the setup throughout the night is no easy task. He added: “The track can change from one round of races to the next in the way the material works and how it moves around.

“It’s a very difficult track to find the setup on. Even if you get there in your second or third heat, you might need to make some changes in your fourth or fifth to get the bike driving again. It’s a very demanding track on the team.”

Lindgren is hopeful of getting back to his best after struggling since his LOTTO Warsaw SGP of Poland victory in May.

He said: “I started off very well. Then I had my injury and kind of went a little downhill from there on.

“But it feels like I’m on my way back up again. I feel like I am riding better and we are working very hard behind the scenes to go fast.”

While Lindgren will be working hard with his crew in the pits, he hopes fans from across Sweden and beyond will enjoy Malilla’s unique festival atmosphere.

He said: “I think it’s a really cool event, especially for the supporters. They come here to the campsite and make a weekend out of it. You meet with people who love speedway. You talk about and breathe speedway. It’s a great weekend for the fans.

“This is one of the top clubs in Sweden in terms of the way they run things. They are very organised and they really deserve to have a Grand Prix. They also have a great race track.”

Tickets are still available for tonight’s Teng Tools Swedish SGP. The stadium ticket office opens at 13:00 or buy online and print at home here: http://bit.ly/2vu9bA6

 

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