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FREDDIE: MY FORM THE FOCUS

Freddie Lindgren is keen to focus on his own form rather than worry about Tai Woffinden’s scoring after the Brit extended his SGP lead.

09 / 07 / 2018, 07:39

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren is determined to focus on his own form rather than worry about Tai Woffinden’s scoring power after the Brit extended his FIM Speedway Grand Prix lead in Hallstavik.

Woffy increased the gap between the former Wolverhampton duo to 11 points on Saturday, despite finishing fourth in the Norrbil Swedish SGP, while Lindgren raced to second on the night. Fast Freddie still had a high-scoring night on 15 points – the perfect tonic after he fell short of the WD-40 Danish SGP semis a week previously on seven.

The thing is ... I can’t really focus on the other guys. Woffy is in very good form, but I can only focus on myself and do the absolute best I can.

Freddie Lindgren

Woffinden has reached all four SGP finals so far this season, winning two of them, to put himself in a commanding position as the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff approaches on July 21.

But Lindgren isn’t concerning himself with his rivals’ performances. He said: “The thing is ... I can’t really focus on the other guys. Woffy is in very good form, but I can only focus on myself and do the absolute best I can.

“I’m very proud of my own performance on Saturday. I lost a point to Woffy, but he really has been very good lately.

“My gating wasn’t really where it needed to be to be successful in the GP, but I made some really smart moves on the track – especially on the first lap.

“I’m happy to have bounced back after Horsens. It was very hard for me after Denmark. Picking myself up took a couple of days and I’m really happy to have performed this well after that – and especially in front of the Swedish fans.”

Lindgren didn’t always produce his finest starts, but he produced plenty of passes, featuring a host of fourth-bend cutbacks.

“That’s the Timo Lahti line in Hallstavik,” he revealed. “He was very quick on that line. I kind of figured it out in my third or fourth heat to go there and it really worked a treat. It’s really hard to make the move. You have to turn the bike inside out.”

Lindgren paid tribute to the Norrbil Swedish SGP organisers for a very successful first World Championship round, staged at a beautifully redeveloped HZ Bygg Arena, featuring a new pit area and hospitality facilities.

He said: “I’m very happy for the organisers. They have done a great job. When I rocked up here on Friday, I couldn’t recognise the place. They have built so much – new pits and a lot of stuff around the arena. They have done a magnificent job.”

Now Lindgren heads to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and he can’t wait for one of the biggest nights on the SGP calendar.

He said:  “I am really looking forward to Cardiff. Having raced in Britain for such a long time at Wolverhampton, I have a lot of fans there. I know it’s not my home GP, but it kind of feels like one anyway. I am really looking forward to the atmosphere in Cardiff.”

 

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