DUDEK SALUTES SWEDE'S RAPID REACTIONS
Patryk Dudek admits Freddie Lindgren more than justified his ‘Fast Freddie’ nickname, when the Swede narrowly avoided running him over.
21 / 08 / 2019, 10:14
Polish ace Patryk Dudek admits Freddie Lindgren more than justified his ‘Fast Freddie’ nickname, when the Swede narrowly avoided running him over at the Scandinavian SGP on Saturday.
The duo were involved in a horrifying incident in Malilla after Dudek bounced off the back-straight fence as he attempted to round Mikkel Michelsen for the lead in race six.
Dudek and his bike were sent sprawling across the track into the path of Lindgren, who miraculously avoided the rider and performed a motocross-style jump, using the former world No.2’s bike as a makeshift ramp.
Speedway bikes lack the suspension of a motocross machine, and Lindgren piled into the fence, closely followed by Max Fricke, who also jumped Dudek’s bike and went head-first into the air bag.
Despite showing extraordinary steel at get up and win the meeting, Lindgren hasn’t raced since Saturday as he struggles with a knee injury and Fricke has also been sidelined.
Dudek reacted quickly to tuck himself into a ball and give Lindgren the best chance of avoiding him. But he paid tribute to his rivals for missing him.
Posting on Facebook, he wrote: “I always thought, why the nickname Fast Freddie? Maybe it’s just for that reaction time.
“We are rivals on track, but thank you for your reflexes and bypassing my back Fredka, and kudos also for Max Fricke.
“There are suggestions that I have to fund a large crate for Fredka – I think we will at the nearest opportunity. Thank you Fredrik - Flying Freddie.”