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FRICKE EYES AUSSIE BID

Max Fricke admits he made the right call to spend his off- season in Andorra, but hopes to chase an Aussie Championship hat-trick this year.

12 / 04 / 2021, 12:49

FIM Speedway Grand Prix star Max Fricke admits he made the right call to spend his off-season in Andorra, but is ready to chase an Australian Championship hat-trick later this year.

The Zielona Góra man has made a solid start to 2021, scoring 13 paid 14 points in his PGE Ekstraliga opener at Toruń on April 4, before bagging nine paid 10 in Falubaz’s home win over Grudziądz on Friday.

Some of his fellow countrymen headed back Down Under for their summer season, despite all returning Aussies having to spend two weeks quarantining in a hotel due to strict restrictions to control the spread of Covid-19.

Getting back to Australia at the moment is expensive and then the challenge is actually getting on a flight that’s going to go there rather than get cancelled. The time in quarantine wasn’t something I really wanted to do.

Max Fricke

Fricke opted against travelling home, but feels it was the right move in the current climate. He said: “It has been a little bit different for me.

“But getting back to Australia at the moment is expensive and then the challenge is actually getting on a flight that’s going to go there rather than get cancelled. The time in quarantine wasn’t something I really wanted to do. My girlfriend Georgina is British, so she currently wouldn’t be able to come into Australia with me.

“If I went, I wouldn’t have gone for very long and overall, I think it was the best decision to hang out here and do what I could in Europe, which was a nice change.

“It’s great for me to be able to go home when I can, and not even from a riding point of view. It’s nice to be able to catch up with family and friends, have a bit of warm weather and do all the fun stuff we normally do back home.

“But I had a good off-season and I worked hard on my fitness and the training side of things. That was really good.”

Fricke lifted the 2019 and 2020 Aussie Championship trophies and would love to make it three in a row when the 2021 competition is staged.

The January series was postponed due to inter-state travel restrictions that were in place because of the pandemic, as well as the difficulties many European riders were facing in returning to Australia.

It is hoped the championship will be contested in November or December, although fresh dates are yet to be confirmed. Fricke believes delaying the national competition was the right move and hopes the series can return to normality next year.

He said: “With what’s going on, I think that’s the best decision, to postpone until later in the year when hopefully things are a little more normal, or people have a better understanding of what we can and can’t do in regards to travel.

“Hopefully we will go on to race a more normal Australian Championship early on in 2022 – a championship in January with a few different rounds.”

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