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FREDDIE RELISHING SGP SPOTLIGHT

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren says he’s thriving on the challenge of leading his nation’s fight for honours on the world stage.

15 / 05 / 2019, 12:53

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren says he’s thriving on the challenge of leading his nation’s fight for honours on the world stage.

Fast Freddie launches his World Championship challenge at the season-opening Boll Warsaw SGP of Poland at PGE Narodowy this Saturday.

Lindgren won the meeting there in 2017 and finished third last year – topping the overall scorechart on 16 points.

It is important for any country to have a guy fighting at the top. At the moment it’s my burden, but I like it.

Freddie Lindgren

Another strong start to 2019 would go down well with his Swedish fans, who have enjoyed his rapid progress over the past few seasons, which has seen him go from series reserve in 2016 to genuine world title contender.

It has been 14 years since Tony Rickardsson won the last of his six world crowns in 2005 and sometimes the pressure to follow in his footsteps has weighed heavily on Sweden’s top riders. But Lindgren is enjoying the chance to carry Sweden’s hopes in the international arena and admits his success is a huge boost for the sport in his homeland.

He said: “It’s very important for Swedish speedway. You can see the crowds in the Swedish league are starting to rise again, especially in Eskilstuna where I am riding. We have a pretty good average crowd.

“We also have more interest from media and television as well. It is important for any country to have a guy fighting at the top. At the moment it’s my burden, but I like it.”

Lindgren is looking forward to getting his title bid underway, but is determined to learn lessons from 2018 and ensure he takes his challenge step by step.

He said: “It’s a long season and we’ll take it round by round and stay in the present. I’ll focus on Warsaw first of all.

“I have definitely learnt a lot these past two seasons when it comes to fighting for the top positions. Hopefully that experience will help me this year.

“It has been a long wait now and I think everyone is raring to go – me too. It will be exciting in Warsaw.”

 

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