LINDGREN: NOTHING TO LOSE IN TORUN
Swedish ace Freddie Lindgren says he will go to Torun “open- minded with nothing to lose and everything to gain” as he eyes world-title gold.
26 / 09 / 2020, 10:50
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren says he will go to Torun “open-minded with nothing to lose and everything to gain” as he bids to become his nation’s sixth world champion next weekend.
The world No.4 is currently second in the standings on 92 points, trailing reigning champion Bartosz Zmarzlik, who has 99, by seven.
The Pole zoomed to back-to-back victories in Prague last weekend, while Lindgren exited Friday’s meeting at the semi-final stage with 12 points and finished fourth in Saturday’s event to bag 14.
There is a chance and I will go there open-minded with nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Lindgren is in the form of his life, having reached five of this season’s six SGP finals. Zmarzlik may have seized the initiative in the Czech capital, but the Orebro-born ace pledged to head into FST Grupa Brokerska Torun SGP rounds seven and eight, giving it his all to snatch the sport’s biggest prize.
He said: “There is a chance and I will go there open-minded with nothing to lose and everything to gain.
“I will give it everything I have and we will see whether it will be enough or not. I can’t do much more. I can only do the best I can.”
Lindgren would become Sweden’s first world champion since Tony Rickardsson claimed his sixth and final crown in 2005.
It could be argued Zmarzlik is under far greater pressure with an expectant home crowd roaring him on.
But Lindgren said: “The pressure is always on – it doesn’t really matter whether you are in your home country or not. The Poles have had most of the GPs in their home country this year and Bartek knows how to handle that. I don’t think that will affect his championship.”
While Zmarzlik, third-placed Tai Woffinden and a number of Lindgren's rivals at the top of the championship are racing in PGE Ekstraliga play-offs this weekend, the Swede's league season with Czestochowa is over.
But he’s determined to put the time he has available to the best possible use ahead of potentially the biggest weekend of his career so far.
He said: “I will only be preparing. I’ll keep doing my training – my daily programme. I’ll probably have one or two practices on the speedway bike to get a feel for it, and that’s it really. I’ll just prepare myself physically and mentally.”