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RIDER REVIEW | FREDDIE LINDGREN

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the stars of SGP 2019 got on. Today, we feature Swedish racer Freddie Lindgren.

09 / 02 / 2020, 12:58

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the stars of SGP 2019 got on. Today, we feature Swedish racer Freddie Lindgren.

While Fast Freddie couldn’t quite make it two SGP World Championship medals on the bounce, a fourth-place finish to follow up bronze in SGP 2018 suggests the Orebro-born ace has established himself among the sport’s title contenders.

Three final appearances weren’t quite enough for a top-three position. But the fact Lindgren reached eight out of 10 semi-finals made all the difference, and his rock-solid scoring gives him something to build on this year.

Lindgren kicked off 2019 with a huge 15 points and second place at the Boll Warsaw SGP.

His title hopes suffered a setback when he bagged five at the Aztorin Slovenian SGP in Krsko. But Lindgren went into the summer scoring nicely, tallying 12 in Prague and 10 in Hallstavik.

Another five in Wroclaw came as a setback, but Lindgren delivered the perfect response in front of his home fans at the Scandinavian SGP in Malilla.

His night didn’t go according to plan, as he was forced to turn into a stunt display rider, breathtakingly jumping Patryk Dudek’s bike to avoid hitting the Pole when he crashed in heat six.

The resulting fall left Lindgren visibly limping for the rest of the night, but he showed his trademark steel to keep fighting all the way to the final, before pulling off a famous home win – his second in his homeland.

The Andorra-based ace bagged nine in Teterow, before racing to third place and 15 at the Danish SGP in Vojens.

Lindgren ended the season with 11 in Cardiff and seven in Torun, comfortably securing SGP 2020 qualification in fourth place on 105 points. But he was 21 off third spot as Bartosz Zmarzlik, Leon Madsen and Emil Sayfutdinov tussled over the title.

There’s no doubt Lindgren remains his nation’s biggest hope of ending Sweden’s 15-year wait for an SGP world champion. And with his steely determination, he’ll be determined to make 2020 his year.

 

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