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LINDBACK RETIRES FROM RACING

Swedish star Antonio Lindback has announced his retirement from the sport.

13 / 11 / 2020, 10:06

Swedish star Antonio Lindback has announced his retirement from the sport.

The Brazil-born star made his FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut in 2004, winning three rounds in Terenzano and Torun in 2012 and Cardiff in 2016. He made 110 SGP appearances, scoring 746 World Championship points and racing 590 heats, including 16 finals.

Lindback played his part in FIM Speedway World Cup wins with his country in 2004 and 2015, as well as lifting the Swedish Championship in 2015 and 2017.

I am happy and proud of what I have accomplished during my career as a speedway rider. I could hardly have had a better end than winning Swedish Championship gold with my mother club Masarna.

Antonio Lindback

The 35-year-old signed off his career on a huge high, winning the Bauhaus Elitserien with boyhood club Masarna last month.

But after a tough 2020 season, Lindback is set to seek a new challenge. Posting on Facebook, he wrote: “Now it's time for a new chapter in my life. After 20 years as an elite rider, I choose to say thank you. I'm done with speedway as a rider.

“I have to say 2020 has been a special year. For my own part, the setbacks have been more than the successes. This has made me think about my future. The answers I received are that I now want to do something else.

“I am happy and proud of what I have accomplished during my career as a speedway rider. I could hardly have had a better end than winning Swedish Championship gold with my mother club Masarna.

“The Grand Prix wins in Terenzano, Torun and Cardiff stand out, as do the two gold medals for Sweden in the World Cup.

“I was an Elite League champion in England twice and won Swedish Championship gold individually as both a junior and senior.

“I’ve had many memorable competitions internationally and at home. I will miss the track; the smell of methanol and the sound of bicycles being warmed up in the pit; the adrenaline pumping when the tapes go up, and the crowd's cheers when it went well.

“Speedway has been a big part of my life and will always be close to my heart. Now I look forward to spending time with my family; accompanying the children to training; having a Friday rest, and all that that is part of family life. Thanks! Toninho.”

Everyone involved in the SGP series wishes Antonio all the best for the future.

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