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SGP MEDAL IN LINDGREN'S SIGHTS

Freddie Lindgren insisted “I want to win a World Championship medal” this year after scoring an 18-point max on his league racing return.

09 / 04 / 2018, 12:53

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren insisted “I want to win a World Championship medal” this year after scoring an 18-point maximum on his competitive racing return from last year’s spinal injuries.

Fast Freddie rattled off six victories – including three in a row in heats 13, 14 and 15 – to rescue Czestochowa an epic 45-45 draw at Grudziadz in their PGE Ekstraliga opener on Sunday.

It was some result for a man whose 2017 season was ended when he fractured one of his vertebrae in three places in Wolverhampton’s SGB Premiership semi-final trip to Belle Vue on September 29.

This is the mindset – we’re going for an SGP medal and I can’t see why we wouldn’t be able to achieve it.

Freddie Lindgren

After a winter of furious rehabilitation to get back to his best, Lindgren is delighted to be back on form. And he has a big FIM Speedway Grand Prix season in his sights.

He said: “I have a pretty clear goal, and I want to win a World Championship medal. That’s my aim for this year. All my mechanics and the people who work with me are all aware of the goal. We have this goal together.

“This is the mindset – we’re going for an SGP medal and I can’t see why we wouldn’t be able to achieve it.

“I think I’m riding well enough; I think my equipment is good enough and it’s just about my mental strength – if I can hold it together.

"If I can be strong mentally, I think I’ll have a medal around my neck at the end of the year – if I stay injury-free of course and make all the rounds.”

Lindgren is the first to admit he’ll need some luck when it comes to avoiding injury. Having seen last year’s medal bid cut short, he hopes fortune will favour him this time.

He said: “I was in a really good position to make a bronze medal. It was within touching distance. I was one point behind third place and I was in really good form. The guy in third (Maciej Janowski) was dropping a little bit in form. The guy in fifth, Tai Woffinden, was a couple of points behind me and he eventually went on to take the bronze.

“I was in a good position last year, but it all ended in a split moment. It was tough to take, but hopefully something good comes out of it and I will come out stronger this year.”

Lindgren is Sweden’s sole SGP star this term. While he accepts that comes with a bit of pressure, he’s keen to play his part in getting people talking speedway in his homeland.

He said: “It’s a huge burden, but I don’t look at it that way. I want to fly the Swedish flag high of course and create some interest for Swedish speedway, not only for the people who are really into speedway, but the wider audience.

“If I can be challenging for medals, it will create more interest for Swedish speedway.”

 

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