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FRICKE: MY SGP CHANCE WILL COME

SGP second reserve Max Fricke insists his time will come on the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stage as he eyes a World Championship spot.

17 / 02 / 2019, 12:50

SGP second reserve Max Fricke insists his time will come on the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stage as he eyes a World Championship spot.

The Victorian racer won his first Australian Championship last month as he continues an impressive rise in the sport, which has already seen him win World Under-21 gold, four Aussie Under-21 titles and represent his country in the FIM Speedway World Cup and Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations.

Fricke may be called up for some of this year’s SGP rounds after being named as second stand-in behind British champion Robert Lambert, and could step in for an SGP regular if they’re sidelined due to injury, illness or other reasons.

Hopefully with a bit more luck this year, if it’s meant to be, the possibility of GP qualification is always there. When my time comes and everything is ready, I’m sure it will work out.

Max Fricke

The Belle Vue, Wroclaw and Rospiggarna man is keen to make his place on the World Championship stage permanent, and fell just two points short of SGP 2019 qualification at last year’s GP Challenge in Landshut.

Fricke was philosophical over that disappointment and is hopeful his chance will come.

He said: “I think every year it gets a little bit closer. When the time comes, I will be ready. I think everything happens for a reason. I missed out in 2018 – I had a bike issue in my last one and it just wasn’t my night.

“Hopefully with a bit more luck this year, if it’s meant to be, the possibility of GP qualification is always there. When my time comes and everything is ready, I’m sure it will work out.”

Fricke’s last brush with the SGP series came in 2017. He managed a point on his debut in Teterow – just weeks after suffering a fractured neck. He fell just short of the semis with six in Stockholm, before his season was ended by concussion when he crashed at the Torun SGP, where he tallied four points.

The 22-year-old would love to take another shot at the series without any injury burdens to carry. But he admits it was a chance he was hungry to take – fit or not – two years ago.

He said: “I still had a fracture in my neck when I raced my first round in Teterow that year. I did my neck a week before my first call up for Gorzow. I had to miss that and give it an extra couple of weeks. As soon as I could get the all-clear, it was straight into a Grand Prix weekend.

“It wasn’t the best lead-up to getting a go in the GPs, but I gave it my all. I ended my season with another head knock at the Torun SGP – I had few good knocks towards the end part of that season. That put me out of Melbourne.

“It wasn’t the best way to start up, but if you can get a go in the GPs, you’re more than happy to take any opportunity.”

 

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