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BALANCING THE BUDGET

Freddie Lindgren says he loves racing in Britain, but admits an SGB Premiership deal will have to work financially if he’s to stay in 2018.

02 / 12 / 2017, 12:05

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren insists he loves racing in Britain, but admits an SGB Premiership deal will have to work financially if he’s to stay in 2018.

The Orebro-born racer has competed for Wolverhampton since 2003, missing only the 2014 season, and has established himself as a Monmore Green legend with two title wins.

But Wolves face an agonising choice between Fast Freddie and his fellow Swedish international Jacob Thorssell, with both riders on 8.00-plus averages and only one man over eight permitted in the side.

For me, I love being able to race in Britain, but I have to look at all aspects – is it worth it money-wise? I also have a budget to go with my race team, so we’ll see.

Freddie Lindgren

Lindgren, who is recovering from a broken vertebra suffered in the SGB Premiership play-off semi-final in Manchester last Saturday, would be happy to return to the UK next year.

But with concerns over clubs’ budgets as television revenues fall, the 2015 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup winner admits a contract would still have to meet the considerable cost of running a racing team in Britain.

He said: “Obviously I know about the TV deal and they’re still working on it I think. At the moment, it looks like they don’t have a TV deal for next season, which means they’ll have less to spend. The budgets for all the clubs will be lower.

“For me, I love being able to race in Britain, but I have to look at all aspects – is it worth it money-wise? I also have a budget to go with my race team, so we’ll see.”

Lindgren was gutted to see SGB Premiership clubs limited to one rider with an 8.00-plus average as he waits to see whether or not he’ll be offered a return.

He said: “I know Wolverhampton were not in favour of that rule. I don’t know what to say. Of course it affects me and Wolverhampton Speedway. It’s a very bad rule for us.

“Now it’s up to the club which way they’re going to go; whether they want to keep me or Jacob. There hasn’t been a decision made yet.

“I have spoken with CVS (club owner Chris van Straaten) about it. We still haven’t agreed anything and I can’t say much at the moment. Nothing is confirmed yet.”

Lindgren is content with how his rehab is progressing following the crash that cruelly dashed his bid for an FIM Speedway World Championship medal.

He said: “The recovery is going really well at the moment. I have taken off my neck brace, which I had for a long time. That was a big relief and now I have started my rehab training.

“I have done treatment every day since I got back to Andorra – every morning for two hours. That has surely helped with the healing.

“For me, it looks better. At first, I needed to have this neck brace on for three months. But I managed to have some new scans and took it off at half time; after one and a half months. That was a big boost for me and my recovery. It means for 100 percent that I will be ready for the new season.”

 

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