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LINDGREN: GETTING CLOSER TO SGP GOLD

World No.3 Freddie Lindgren believes he is “getting closer” to realising his FIM Speedway Grand Prix world title dream.

02 / 03 / 2021, 12:13

World No.3 Freddie Lindgren believes he is “getting closer” to realising his FIM Speedway Grand Prix world title dream.

The Swedish star raced to third spot in SGP 2020 and was beaten only to the silver medal in a run-off by Great Britain’s Tai Woffinden after they tied on 117 championship points.

But Lindgren is determined to climb even higher this year as he bids to become Sweden’s first world champion since Tony Rickardsson claimed his sixth and final world title in 2005 – 16 years ago.

In the GP, obviously I am going for the win. My dream and my goal is to become world champion. I feel I am getting closer. I have two bronze medals now in my account, but I really want to go higher.

Freddie Lindgren

Speaking via video link during Czestochowa’s pre-season presentation, he said: “In the GP, obviously I am going for the win.

"My dream and my goal is to become world champion. I feel I am getting closer. I have two bronze medals now in my account, but I really want to go higher.”

Lindgren is currently enjoying the off-season at his base in Andorra, but plans to spend a lot more time in Czestochowa in 2021.

His wife Carolina joined him in the city last year and even gave birth to their daughter Millie-Li there last October. With another two years left on Lindgren’s contract, he looks set to make himself at home.

The former Wolverhampton star said: “I plan to travel to Poland sometime in mid-March. With the pandemic situation in the world, it is not so easy to travel backwards and forwards, so my plan is to stay in Poland from then on.

“We actually really liked it in Czestochowa last year and bought a house there. It may not be ready at the beginning of March, but hopefully at the end of April or beginning of May, we can move in.

“Then I can bring my family, Carolina, our daughter and Bellman the dog. After that, the plan is to stay in Poland for most of the season.”

Lindgren is also going for glory with Czestochowa in the PGE Ekstraliga where he lines up alongside the likes of SGP rival Leon Madsen, former World Under-21 champion Bartosz Smektala, Kacper Woryna, Jonas Jeppesen and Jakub Miskowiak.

The Lions fell marginally short of the play-offs in 2020, but Lindgren hopes the club can reach the top four this time around.

He said: “First of all, we need to get to the play-offs. When we are there, we are going to set a new target. I feel we have a really good chance.

“I feel the Czestochowa team for 2021 looks really promising. There is a lot of talent; some new blood coming in – some young guns.

“I think they can keep on progressing and take the next step in their careers and me and Leon can be good at the top end of the team. We have really good juniors and I have a lot of faith in them. But it is always a tough game and we will give everything we have to be successful.”

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