FRICKE'S SGP FINISHING SCHOOL
Max Fricke believes his FIM Speedway Grand Prix reserve rides are the ideal way to complete his World Championship apprenticeship.
23 / 06 / 2019, 11:56
Aussie star Max Fricke believes his FIM Speedway Grand Prix reserve rides are the ideal way to complete his World Championship apprenticeship.
The Victorian star proved he’s learning the SGP ropes very quickly when he topped the heat scorechart on 12 points to reach his first semi-final at the ANLAS Czech SGP on June 15.
Fricke is back in the line-up on his Elitserien home track at the Norrbil Swedish SGP in Hallstavik on July 6 as he covers for the absent Greg Hancock, with Rospiggarna team mate Robert Lambert replacing Tai Woffinden.
It’s the ideal preparation for becoming a full-time GP rider one day, to do these one-off events as a reserve.
It’s another chance for Fricke to underline his SGP potential, and the Belle Vue skipper hopes serving as this year’s second series reserve will help him take the next step and become a full-time member of the World Championship.
The GP Challenge finalist said: “It’s the ideal preparation for becoming a full-time GP rider one day, to do these one-off events as a reserve.
“I appreciate this situation – to be able to come and do a couple of GPs throughout the year without any pressure or stress. I can just come in and show everyone what I can do really.
“When everything feels good, it’s nice. I can just turn up, treat it as a one-off event, go and have fun and ride my speedway bike. It’s all on me – it’s all my own personal stuff. You’re not doing it for anyone else; you’re doing it for yourself. It’s nice to be able to come here, have a good one and ride with the best riders in the world.”
While Fricke appreciates the chance to step in for Hancock, who is caring for his wife Jennie as she battles breast cancer in California, he hopes to see the American back on track soon, along with injured world champion Woffinden.
He said: “It’s a huge opportunity to go in and replace these guys. But it’s a real shame they’re not here. We wish Tai and Greg all the best in coming back as soon as possible.
“While they are out, I am happy to take their place and gain as much experience as I can.”
Fricke looks forward to taking on the sport’s elite on a Hallstavik track he rides every fortnight in the Elitserien. But he’s not expecting the circuit to be prepared as it is for a league match.
He said: “Hallstavik is a track I know. When it comes to the GPs, it is prepped a little bit different, so it isn’t exactly the same. At least I know where I am going to, though, and it’s another track I like. It’s good.”