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LINDGREN: WE'RE LUCKY TO BE RACING

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren admits the world’s top riders “should feel lucky” they have been able to continue racing in Poland.

03 / 05 / 2021, 11:34

 

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren admits the world’s top riders “should feel lucky” they have been able to continue racing in the Polish leagues, despite Europe being hit by pandemic restrictions.

The world’s biggest speedway nation got its season underway on time in early April, despite clubs being forced to stage meetings behind closed doors in the opening weeks of the season due to measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

Polish clubs can host some fans from May 15, with venues able to hold up to 25 percent of stadium capacity.

Of course everyone has to be very cautious – myself, my team mates and all the mechanics. We don’t do anything stupid; we just try and stay at home and go to the track. We do tests two days before every match.

Freddie Lindgren

British clubs are set to welcome fans and start racing from May 17, while the Danish season is also up and running, although meetings are still being staged without supporters. The action gets underway in Sweden on June 1.

Aside from his FIM Speedway Grand Prix commitments, Lindgren only races in Poland’s PGE Ekstraliga and he’s delighted clubs have been able to compete, but he admits caution is still needed. He said: “First of all, we should feel lucky we are able to proceed with the situation in the world.

“Of course everyone has to be very cautious – myself, my team mates and all the mechanics. We don’t do anything stupid; we just try and stay at home and go to the track. We do tests two days before every match, so we know we are not going to be infected with the virus.

“There are a lot of procedures we have to go through, but I think they are doing a good job in letting this season run. We are really lucky that way, I must say. It is the best league in the world and all the top riders are here.

“With what happened last year, I think many of the riders will be based in Poland during this season to make sure we don’t travel as much as possible. We will just stay in our towns where we race and go to the away meetings.”

 

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