FRICKE'S ACE BASE IN BRITAIN
Max Fricke says he’s enjoying life at Belle Vue and admitted “I couldn’t see myself riding in too many other places in the UK."
11 / 03 / 2019, 12:18
Australian champion Max Fricke says he’s enjoying life at Belle Vue and admitted “I couldn’t see myself riding in too many other places in the UK.”
Fricke has been in Aces colours since 2015 and has made rapid progress in the sport since then, winning the World Under-21 title in 2016 and representing his country in the FIM Speedway World Cup and Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations.
The four-time Aussie Under-21 champion also won his first national senior title in January and will serve as this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix second reserve rider.
Belle Vue is a great club. I have been there for four seasons now. This will be my fifth. I have been very happy there since day one.
Fricke’s form has also helped Belle Vue establish themselves as perennial SGB Premiership title contenders and the Mansfield-born racer says he’s very settled at the National Speedway Stadium. He said: “Belle Vue is a great club. I have been there for four seasons now. This will be my fifth. I have been very happy there since day one.
“Mark Lemon and Belle Vue run a great club and I am more than happy to be back there. At this point, I couldn’t see myself riding in too many other places in the UK. I really enjoy going there. It’s a nice setup with the people there and where it’s situated. There’s also the luxury of having a track like Belle Vue. It is a great bonus.”
Fricke works with Aces and Australia team boss Lemon for both club and country and the Victoria-born duo get on well – despite their relationship getting off to a bumpy start during Lemon’s final racing days.
“I never really knew Lemo at all until I signed for Belle Vue,” Fricke said. “I met him once or twice the year before when we were racing in the Premier League. I’m pretty sure I took him out at Edinburgh one night in one of the last meetings he raced!
“Then the next year when I signed at Belle Vue in 2015, he was the team manager there and I was actually living with him.
“We didn’t really know each other that well, but I moved into his place and we’ve got on really well ever since. It’s great to be back at Belle Vue and be partnering with the owners (Tony Rice and Robin Southwell), CEO Adrian (Smith) and Lemo.”
Fricke is happy with Aces’ 2019 line-up, also featuring former SGP star Kenneth Bjerre, Steve Worrall, Dan Bewley, Dimitri Berge, Jaimon Lidsey and Ricky Wells. He said: “When it comes to building a team, I think all the home riders do learn Belle Vue and ride it quite well.
“Some of the more difficult times we have had have been away, so I think if we can build a team that’s going to be good away with great, all-round riders, I think that will help in the league. I think we have that.
“Bringing back Kenneth is a good thing. He was great for us a couple of years ago. We have the likes of Stevie, who is a great, all-round rider. I’m sure he’ll be back to full strength for this year. He will be a strong rider in the team.
“We have new people like Jaimon, which is really exciting. He has been doing well and I have seen him ride a couple of times in Australia. I have actually grown up around him as well – he’s a nice kid and a great rider technically. He will be a good addition to the team.
“There’s also Dan. I love Dan. He’s a great kid and he’s nice to have around the team. He’s always a friendly, smiley face and he was doing really well before he got injured last year. I’m sure he will be back to full strength and kicking on also.”