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LINDBACK'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Swedish star Antonio Lindback hopes to use his home-track influence to help Elitserien club Masarna to a less turbulent 2019.

18 / 03 / 2019, 10:29

Swedish star Antonio Lindback hopes to use his home-track influence to help Elitserien club Masarna to a less turbulent 2019.

The club ran into financial difficulties last year, with triple world champion Tai Woffinden and Polish racer Przemyslaw Pawlicki leaving midway through the season due to unpaid invoices.

I will be the captain for the team. I’ll push them really hard to do a good job and score like they should do. I’ll prepare everyone so they can score well and win the meetings.

Antonio Lindback

But Lindback stuck with his local club and stays there for 2019, where he is joined by the likes of Martin Smolinski, Kim Nilsson, Aleksandr Loktaev and David Bellego.

On paper, it may be one of the weaker sides in the league. But Lindback will serve as captain and hopes to lead by example.

He said: “The only thing I can say about Masarna is I am looking forward to meeting all the guys. I don’t know everyone, but I will find out more about them.

“I will be the captain for the team. I’ll push them really hard to do a good job and score like they should do. I’ll prepare everyone so they can score well and win the meetings. I hope everything will go well.”

While Lindback admits being a home rider doesn’t always make a difference on the shale, he says it gives him the chance to have more input into making things better at the club. But he admits everyone must play their part – on and off the track.

He said: “Of course it’s good to be at my home track. It’s 10 minutes from my house. When you’re out there racing, you don’t think about that. But I can talk to people at the club and make things a little more how I want it.

“I hope I will make it better for the team of course, and it’s not only up to me. There are six other riders in the team who need to do their job also. If the guys working the track and working at the club don’t do their job too, it’s tough.

“A lot of things need to work better than last year. But I hope like me they have done some hard work this winter time and I hope they are better prepared for this year. I am better prepared for this year and I hope they are the same. If they are, then Masarna will go far.”

 

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