FREDDIE'S BATTLE FOR BRONZE
Freddie Lindgren admits he would love to mount an injury-free World Championship challenge after revealing his back-injury struggles.
06 / 10 / 2018, 14:23
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren admits he would love to mount an injury-free FIM Speedway World Championship challenge after revealing his battle with back problems throughout SGP 2018.
The Andorra-based racer’s 2017 season was ended by a spinal injury suffered in an SGB Premiership play-off semi-final in Manchester and left him unable to walk short distances, let alone race a 500cc speedway machine.
Despite his rehabilitation from that crash and a hand injury sustained in August, Lindgren goes into the last round tied on 98 points with Maciej Janowski in the race for the bronze medal, with Greg Hancock close behind on 93 in fifth.
There has been a lot of focus on the rehabilitation in between meetings. If I’ve had too many meetings in too short a period, I’ve had a lot of pain. One time I couldn’t even stand up. I’ve had trouble sleeping because I’ve had a lot of pain.
Whatever happens in Torun tonight, Lindgren is content with a great season’s work. But he admits his injury issues haven’t helped his cause.
He said: “It has been a good season overall. My hand injury hit me a bit of course. It has been a very tough season coming back from the neck injury. I have been battling a lot of pain in my back this season, which not many people know about.
“There has been a lot of focus on the rehabilitation in between meetings. If I’ve had too many meetings in too short a period, I’ve had a lot of pain. One time I couldn’t even stand up. I’ve had trouble sleeping because I’ve had a lot of pain.
“It has been quite tough. Sometimes I have wanted to do some different kinds of exercises, but because I’ve had the pain, I haven’t been able to do my rehab training. There has been quite a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes.
“Overall, result-wise, it has been a good championship – I’ve had a championship with Eskilstuna and a play-off with Czestochowa too. It has been good – no matter what happens tonight. I can be proud of this season.”
Lindgren is already setting his sights on a title assault next term. He said: “Hopefully I will go into the off season injury-free and I will have the whole winter to start building for 2019. The next step is to be up there, challenging for the title. Let’s get this season finished first and then we can focus on the next one.”
Lindgren admits he will try to avoid pondering over points too much in Torun as he bids to claim third place.
He said: “It’s even Stevens between me and Magic. Everyone knows that. Greg is just a couple of points behind. We need a good performance to clinch a medal. I can only focus on myself and do the best I can. Then we will see tonight if it’s good enough.
“I try not to think about the points. Of course you are aware of it. Coming to the end of the meeting, you need to know where you’re standing so you don’t do anything stupid.”