LESS IS MORE FOR MAX
Max Fricke admits he would love to return to Belle Vue one day, but hopes sitting out the SGB Premiership will aid his SGP season.
08 / 02 / 2020, 12:54
Aussie star Max Fricke admits he would love to return to Belle Vue one day, but hopes sitting out the SGB Premiership will aid his FIM Speedway Grand Prix preparations in 2020.
The two-time Australian champion heads back to Europe in the spring, where he will represent Wroclaw in Poland’s PGE Ekstraliga and Swedish Elitserien side Indianerna.
For the first time since he turned professional, Fricke will not compete in the UK this year, hoping the cut in fixtures will give him the best possible build-up to the SGP rounds, which get underway in Warsaw on May 16.
I can look after myself and make sure I don’t turn up to a GP weekend after racing five days in a row, averaging three to four hours’ sleep each night.
While Fricke enjoyed life in Manchester with the Aces, he admits racing three leagues would have been tough with the added demands of being a full-time SGP star.
He said: “My schedule and calendar were flat-out last year. It was only going to be added to with me riding full-time in the GPs.
“When you break it all down, Britain involved the most meetings and required the most amount of work with flying back and forth all the time for the league matches. There would have been a lot of travelling, early mornings and late nights.
“I just felt I’d be able to look after myself a little bit better and give myself the best possible preparation for the GP by dropping Britain and spending more time testing, practising and training physically in the gym a little more.
“I can look after myself and make sure I don’t turn up to a GP weekend after racing five days in a row, averaging three to four hours’ sleep each night.
“It’s a shame. I really like racing at Belle Vue and in Britain in general. But something had to give. Unfortunately, it was the British league.
“I’d love to keep racing in the British league. I’m sure it’s not the end for me there. I’m sure I will be back racing in the UK one day and hopefully back at Belle Vue.”
While Fricke competes in two leagues, a growing number of his SGP rivals are now racing solely in the PGE Ekstraliga. The Mansfield-born racer hints that just riding in Poland wouldn’t have been enough for him.
He said: “You do see people even dropping Sweden now and just competing in one league and the GPs – the likes of Tai (Woffinden), Emil (Sayfutdinov) and now Freddie. They’re just trying to give themselves the best possible preparation for those GP weekends.
“That’s what it comes down to with me dropping Britain. But I’m still going to be competing in Sweden. I am used to racing quite frequently.”
A quieter schedule isn’t for every rider. Fricke’s Australian team mate Jason Doyle still races for British champions Swindon as well as in Poland and Sweden. Fricke said: “I think it’s up to riders what they want to do, how much they would like to do and how much they need to do.
“If you look at someone like Doyley, he enjoys racing every day of the week. That’s what works for him. That’s great. But there are other people who don’t like to race so much and have always kept it pretty simple. That’s what works for them. I think it’s down to the individual.”