FREDDIE: I DID EVERYTHING I COULD IN SGP 2020
Freddie Lindgren insisted “I did everything I could” to claim the sport’s biggest prize in SGP 2020 as he bids to swap bronze for gold.
29 / 04 / 2021, 12:00
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren insisted “I did everything I could” to claim the sport’s biggest prize in SGP 2020 as he bids to swap bronze for gold this year.
Fast Freddie enjoyed a sensational 2020, winning round four in Gorzow and storming within touching distance of the silver medal, tying on 117 championship points with Tai Woffinden.
He was only denied second spot in a run-off with the triple world champion and Lindgren was rightly content with a strong season as he took another step closer to becoming Sweden’s first world champion since Tony Rickardsson won his sixth and final title in 2005.
I was really happy with my performance last year. I did everything I could and I did my absolute best. I just wasn’t better than Bartosz and Tai.
“It’s my ultimate goal and I am working towards it,” Lindgren said. “I am going to do everything I can to make it happen.
“I was really happy with my performance last year. I did everything I could and I did my absolute best. I just wasn’t better than Bartosz (Zmarzlik) and Tai.
“They were better than me and I feel fine with that. There was nothing more I could do.”
Two bronze medals in three seasons as well as a fourth-place finish in 2019 suggest Lindgren is here to stay among the series’ frontrunners.
“I feel I have that consistency now,” he said. “I have been amongst the top riders for a number of years.
“The year before I got my first bronze medal in 2018, I was on my way to third place in 2017, but I broke my neck and missed the last two rounds. I have been consistent at the top since I got back into the Grand Prix full time.
“I have also been winning rounds every single year since then, which is important for me. But to take the next step, I need to win more than just once per year – I maybe need to win two or three times and be in the final consistently.”
World champion Zmarzlik won four rounds on his way to retaining the sport’s biggest prize and Lindgren knows he needs to become a serial winner to dethrone the Polish icon.
“To be the champion, you need to win rounds,” he said. “It’s as simple as that. Bartek, Woffy and myself were a little bit ahead of the others last year. We made almost every final. But Bartek was the one winning the finals more times than we did, so he deserved to be champion.
“Over the course of the season, we have 10 rounds. It’s still about consistency. But you need to be winning as well.”
Lindgren’s former Wolverhampton team mate Woffinden also looks set to be a contender once again.
Fast Freddie admitted: “Tai knows how to win it; he has done it before, so he is definitely one to look up to. He’s a great guy.
“I have known Tai for a long time. We rode together when he was a young kid coming through at Wolverhampton and he was in the team both times when we won the championship with them.”