FREDDIE: LESSONS LEARNED
Freddie Lindgren is determined to learn lessons after admitting he got carried away by his sensational start to the SGP series this year
19 / 10 / 2018, 10:00
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren is determined to learn lessons after admitting he got carried away by his sensational start to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series this year.
Fast Freddie raced to a career-best third place in the World Championship, becoming the first Swede to win a medal since Andreas Jonsson secured silver in 2011.
Lindgren was leading the title race after the first two rounds in Warsaw and Prague. He finished third at PGE Narodowy, top-scoring on 15 points, before topping the podium at Marketa Stadium with 16.
The way I was thinking changed after going so well at the beginning. That spoiled it for me mentally. Instead of just focusing on where I was, I went too far ahead of myself.
The Andorra-based man still achieved his pre-season goal of a rostrum spot, which was some feat after he spent the winter recovering from a serious spinal injury. Lindgren has also been battling back pain during the season, as well as a hand injury he picked up at Tarnow in August.
Despite his success, Lindgren admits getting carried away by his early-season scoring cost him in the championship race.
He said: “The way I was thinking changed after going so well at the beginning. That spoiled it for me mentally. Instead of just focusing on where I was, I went too far ahead of myself – looking at what could happen in October if I was world champion instead of just staying in the present and performing the best I could. I think I learned a lesson from that and hopefully I can be better.
“But I am very proud of my season, especially with the background with my injury. I started off very well, but then I kind of had some troubles along the way. So I am very proud to be standing here with a bronze medal around my neck. It was my goal before pre-season. I’m very proud to have achieved it.”
Lindgren’s injury cost him a shot at the podium last year, but he was determined not to let that disappointment dampen his enthusiasm and insists his best form is yet to come.
“The motivation was to get back and try to be even better than I was before I crashed,” he said. “I think I have achieved that this year. Hopefully now, with an injury-free winter, I can come back even stronger in 2019.
“I will have more time to get my body stronger and fitter. Last winter, it was a lot of work just to get back to normal again and it was tough.
“I feel good. I am happy with this, but I feel there is more to come from Freddie Lindgren. That’s the feeling I have. I always try and get better. When you stop trying to get better, that’s when you start losing.
“I feel like I’m making improvements all the time and hopefully I can be a little bit sharper and better next year.”