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FRICKE: LIVING THE HIGH LIFE

Aussie star Max Fricke says living the high life in Andorra brings the best out of him.

27 / 03 / 2021, 12:37

Aussie star Max Fricke says living the high life in Andorra brings the best out of him.

The former World Under-21 champion is based in the tiny nation, located 1,023 metres or 3,357ft above sea level in the Pyrenees on the French and Spanish border. While he normally heads back Down Under during the off-season, he spent this winter in Andorra due to the quarantine requirements and considerable costs currently involved in travelling back to his homeland.

During those periods of time when I am a bit busier, I will stay in Poland and use that as a secondary base to cut out a bit of the travel. Right now travelling anywhere is a nightmare.

Max Fricke

Andorra boasts a galaxy of motorcycling stars, including Fricke’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix rival Freddie Lindgren and four-time World Long Track champion Joonas Kylmakorpi.

With perfect conditions for training both in the mountains and in northern Spain, Fricke is enjoying life alongside some of the world’s best motorcyclists.

He said: “It’s really good. Andorra is a great place and it is full of successful sports people.

“The people we hang out with are all very motivated and nice people to be around. I’ve had a bit to do with (Enduro star) Jonny Walker, (World Superbike rider) Chaz Davies, (Honda World Superbike rider-turned-manager) Leon Camier and obviously Joonas is there, so I see him a little bit.

“There are a few different people you see around the place. It’s a nice place to be in the mountains. It’s good for training in pre-season with the high altitude.”

Fricke admits he may have to spend more time in Poland as his racing schedule gets busier. With the coronavirus pandemic drastically reducing the number of available flights across Europe, commuting to his Polish, Swedish and SGP events by road could be a must.

The Zielona Gora and Indianerna man said: “During those periods of time when I am a bit busier, I will stay in Poland and use that as a secondary base to cut out a bit of the travel. Right now travelling anywhere is a nightmare.

“Flights are tough to get. I drove out for the Falubaz training camp, which was a bit of a long trek – about 20-something hours, 22 maybe. We broke it up along the way, but it was a long old trip. Ideally it would be best to get on a plane as much as possible when it comes to going back and forth in the future. It just depends on what options are available.”

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