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LINDBACK: AIMING HIGH FOR SGP 2019

Swedish star Antonio Lindback says he won’t be settling for just a top-eight finish in his FIM Speedway Grand Prix comeback year.

02 / 03 / 2019, 12:39

Swedish star Antonio Lindback says he won’t be settling for just a top-eight finish in his FIM Speedway Grand Prix comeback year.

The Rio Rocket regained his World Championship place after finishing third at the GP Challenge in Landshut last July, beating Craig Cook in a run-off for the final qualification spot.

After a year out of the SGP spotlight, Lindback can’t wait to test himself against the sport’s biggest names again.

The thing is, many riders come into the series and say ‘I want to be in the top eight’. I want to be world champion. Why should I be happy to be in the top eight?

Antonio Lindback

But asked his goals for SGP 2019, the Brazil-born ace admitted he isn’t one to aim low. He said: “The thing is, many riders come into the series and say ‘I want to be in the top eight’. I want to be world champion. Why should I be happy to be in the top eight?

“Of course I have one goal for myself – a really, really high goal. If I start up the season and everything goes as I want my plan to go, then we will see. But I’m not happy to be only in the top eight.

“I always wanted to come back to the GP and I achieved that goal. I’ve been working hard this winter to be prepared for the season. I’m not just coming back into the GP – I want to stay there and fight for the good places.”

Lindback has never finished above seventh in the World Championship, and he isn’t underestimating the size of task ahead.

He said: “Of course only one rider can be world champion. But at the same time, to become the world champion, you need to have everything prepared 100 percent. Look at (Bartosz) Zmarzlik last year; he was brilliant. But he missed out in one or two GPs and he wasn’t world champion.

“You cannot only have one or two good meetings; you need to have the whole series good. Then you need to do well in the leagues.

“You need to have the goal to be world champion, but you need to understand that if you don’t become world champion, you need to come back and fight for it next year.

“But saying I only want to finish in the top eight … I can’t do that. You need to want more. My goal is to be one of the best riders in the world.

“If I can get everything around me working like I want, I can be focused on speedway and do my job, then I can be there.”

 

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