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FRICKE'S SURGE ON THE SHALE

Aussie ace Max Fricke is keen to continue his surge on the shale as he prepares for tonight’s Norrbil Swedish SGP in Hallstavik.

06 / 07 / 2019, 14:42

Aussie ace Max Fricke is keen to continue his surge on the shale as he prepares for tonight’s Norrbil Swedish SGP in Hallstavik.

The Victorian racer steps into tonight’s meeting as SGP second reserve, replacing the absent Greg Hancock.

Competing against the sport’s elite is another step forward for a man who won the World Under-21 Championship in 2016 and lifted the Australian Championship in January.

It’s a long, gruelling year and there are a lot of events. The main thing is keeping my head down and picking up as many points as I can.

Max Fricke

The Belle Vue skipper has emerged as a solid league performer across the continent this year and he’s keen to continue taking steps forward as he adapts to the demands of being a truly international speedway star.

He said: “It’s just progression. I am always trying to improve and try things. It’s nice to be scoring some points and doing well.

“Hopefully I can keep that up for the rest of the season. It’s tough. It’s a long, gruelling year and there are a lot of events. The main thing is keeping my head down and picking up as many points as I can.

“It’s all good at the minute. I’m just trying to keep up with everything – I have been really busy. Getting enough sleep in between events is a big thing and trying to get as many points as I can in as little time as possible.”

Hallstavik is a track Fricke knows well. He’s in his fourth season racing for Rospiggarna in the Swedish Elitserien and has established himself as one of the club’s leading performers.

As one of the smaller circuits on the SGP calendar, it’s tight and technical turns will offer a different test to the wide, open spaces of a Polish track.

Fricke isn’t complaining – especially after being handed two starts from the favoured gate one in yesterday’s draw. He said: “It’s not very big. It’s one of those tracks where it can be an advantage if you’re getting out of the starts quite well on the day – as it is everywhere I guess.

“But it’s not that small. It’s smaller than a Polish track, but it’s not as small as some of the tracks in the UK. It’s just a normal speedway track. It’s quite nice.”

 

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