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GTR-POWERED FREDDIE ON FORM

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren admits working with tuner Marcel Gerhard and his GTR engine has played a key role in getting him back on form.

24 / 05 / 2016, 12:28

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren admits working with tuner Marcel Gerhard and his GTR engine has played a key role in getting him back to his best this season.

The FIM Speedway Grand Prix first reserve topped the heat scorechart on 12 points in the hugely-competitive LOTTO Warsaw SGP of Poland on May 14, only to fall short of the final with a sluggish start in his semi.

But the points Fast Freddie piled up were enough to put him seventh in the World Championship on 18 points, although he could be forced to make way for Jaroslaw Hampel at the Kjærgaard Danish SGP in Horsens, with the Pole hopeful of returning from injury.

Everything adds up and I’m getting my confidence back. I’ve been racing well everywhere – in Britain, Poland and Sweden. I’m happy with speedway life at the moment.

Freddie Lindgren

It’s unclear when Lindgren will get his next SGP shot, but he’s delighted with his superb start to 2016. Asked what he put it down to, he said: “I think it’s confidence coming back.

"It’s a mixture of a lot of things; from hard training in the winter to new equipment.

“Working with Marcel and the GTR has been a boost for me. Everything adds up and I’m getting my confidence back. I’ve been racing well everywhere – in Britain, Poland and Sweden. I’m happy with speedway life at the moment.”

The GTR engine had its doubters as Britain’s Chris Harris struggled on it in 2015. But Lindgren feels it fits his style nicely.

He said: “The power ratio of the engine seems to suit me and my riding style. I have speed and can make good starts on it. It’s a nice bike to ride. I believe the way Chris wanted his engines and the way I want mine are totally different. The way his engine was set up is not what I’m using.”

Lindgren is eager to make the most of any further SGP chances this season. But he’s also in the semi-finals of qualifying for next year’s competition, which culminates in the GP Challenge at Swedish track Vetlanda on September 3.

The Orebro-born star races in the Lonigo semi-final on July 2, and knows making it through that will be no easy task.

But he’d love to book an SGP spot without having to sweat on a wild card pick.

He said: “There’s one more round before the Challenge. It’s going to be a really tough one in Vetlanda with only three riders going through.

“It would be nice to qualify. That’s the main goal. It’s all about other people’s opinion of you with the wild cards. I don’t want to worry about that. There’s still a long way until September and the Challenge in Vetlanda. But hopefully I will have good form by then.”

 

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