LINDGREN'S MEDAL GOAL
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren insisted “my goal is a medal” after closing the gap on World Championship leader Tai Woffinden in Malilla.
15 / 08 / 2018, 10:27
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren insisted “my goal is a medal” after closing the gap on World Championship leader Tai Woffinden at the Betard Scandinavian SGP on Saturday.
The Orebro-born man is now 17 points behind the Brit with four rounds remaining after finishing third at the G&B Arena.
While Lindgren was unable to close the gap further with a victory after Woffinden exited at the semi-final stages, Fast Freddie is still firmly in the hunt for the sport’s biggest prize.
I’m not really looking at the championship at the moment. My goal is a medal and I am taking one round at a time. Then, when it comes to the last round in Torun, hopefully I am close enough to do something.
But the Andorra-based ace isn’t concerning himself with the championship picture – he’s just taking his battle for SGP honours round by round.
He said: “I can only do the best I can and we pulled a few points back in Malilla.
“I’m not really looking at the championship at the moment. My goal is a medal and I am taking one round at a time. Then, when it comes to the last round in Torun, hopefully I am close enough to do something.”
Lindgren admits he battled to find the right setup all evening – recording four seconds and a third on his way to the semis, before winning an absolute thriller ahead of Nicki Pedersen and Woffinden in semi-final one.
While content with a podium place, the 32-year-old said: “I wouldn’t say it was a great night’s work. It was really hard for me to find a good setup on the bike. I was really fighting hard and couldn’t get the heat wins I needed.
“But we found something good with the bike towards the end and I had really good speed in the semi.
“I felt I had the bike to do it in the final, but unfortunately I didn’t perform myself. Overall, on a night like this, I am very happy with a podium.”
Lindgren paid a huge tribute to his home fans after they braved wind and rain at trackside while work was carried out to get the meeting on.
“It was crazy for the fans,” he said. “Speedway fans are a different breed I think. They stayed on and cheered me on all night long. I’m happy to at least give them a podium place in the end.
“I really enjoy racing in front of my fans. It gives me some extra positive energy and I want to go out there and perform for them.”