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RIDER REVIEW | FREDDIE LINDGREN

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the FIM Speedway Grand Prix class of 2018 fared. Today, we feature an historic season for Freddie Lindgren.

13 / 01 / 2019, 11:14

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the FIM Speedway Grand Prix class of 2018 fared. Today, we feature an historic season for Freddie Lindgren.

The Orebro-born racer has been part of the World Championship since 2008 – missing just one season in 2015. Since that break, Fast Freddie has emerged a better, tougher and hungrier rider than ever.

After racing as first reserve and regaining his SGP spot in 2016, Lindgren stormed to eighth place in 2017. Had it not been for a season-ending back injury which ruled him out of the last two rounds, there’s every chance he could have won a World Championship medal.

That crash left Lindgren struggling to walk even short distances in the early stages of his recovery. But you wouldn’t have known it when racing resumed in spring 2018 as the Andorra-based ace powered to the top of the standings.

Lindgren opened his season with third place at the BOLL Warsaw SGP. But the 16 points he piled up at PGE Narodowy put him top of the embryonic table.

The Czestochowa and Smederna man stayed there in Prague. He saw off nearest rival Tai Woffinden in a brutal first lap of the final, before pipping Patryk Dudek to victory with a delightful burst around the outside on the line.

Woffinden – just a point behind – didn’t take that lying down. He repaid the compliment at the next round in Horsens, passing Lindgren in their final heat race to drop the Swede out of the semi-finals as he finished on seven.

It was a lead Woffy didn’t let slip, but Lindgren still produced a season to remember in the race for the medals.

He charged to second at the Norrbil Swedish SGP in Hallstavik, before a tough night in Cardiff left him with seven points. Lindgren responded with third and 15 in Malilla, but disaster struck when he suffered a hand injury in a PGE Ekstraliga crash at Tarnow in August.

This left him unable to give his best in Gorzow, with Lindgren bravely battling his way to two points. The injury didn’t help matters in the weeks that followed, but Fast Freddie wasn’t letting this medal chance pass him by.

He raced back into the final at the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP, scoring 13 points, before notching a handy nine in Teterow.

This sent him into the last round in Torun deadlocked on 98 points with Polish rival Maciej Janowski for third place.

Lindgren prevailed – he bagged 11 at the Marian Rose Motoarena. And with Magic managing only six, it was the Swede who won the race for the rostrum, taking bronze behind Bartosz Zmarzlik.

Having never finished above eighth before SGP 2018, Lindgren took a huge stride forward in his career as he became the first World Championship medallist from Sweden since Andreas Jonsson won silver in 2011.

Next comes his quest to land the nation’s first individual world title since Tony Rickardsson won his sixth and final crown in 2005 …

 

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