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TALKING DIRT | FRICKE EYES SECOND-SEASON SUCCESS

Double Aussie champion Max Fricke is determined to build on a testing FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut season and his Torun triumph.

23 / 06 / 2021, 09:00

Double Aussie champion Max Fricke is determined to build on a testing FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut season and his Torun triumph.

The Zielona Gora and Indianerna rider features in today’s episode of Talking Dirt: Fuelled by Monster Energy, available on SpeedwayGP Facebook and YouTube from 11am UK / 12:00 CET.

We catch up with Fricke and partner Georgina as they enjoy some downtime in Polish city Wroclaw and even give the Talking Dirt cameras the lowdown on Max’s growing lucky pants collection.

Last year I didn’t really perform how I would have liked, so I have worked hard in the off-season and so far the start of the season has been much better than where we started last year.

Max Fricke

The former World Under-21 champion heads rock climbing and also looks back on a mixed 2020 season, which saw him fight his way out of a tough run of form to end the campaign with his first SGP victory in Torun.

While the 25-year-old admits he didn’t hit the heights he wanted in a season which saw him finish 10th in the World Championship, he was determined to pick up the pace for 2021.

Fricke said: “Last year I didn’t really perform how I would have liked, so I have worked hard in the off-season and so far the start of the season has been much better than where we started last year.

“It’s my second year (in the series) full time. So I have done a few GPs and I know what to expect. This year I feel a lot more confident with my bikes and me as a person going into the championships. So hopefully I can learn from and use that experience in the GPs.”

There’s no doubt his Torun triumph at last year’s penultimate round was a landmark moment for a rider who had always dreamed of SGP success.

He said: “Winning in Torun was really, really cool. It has been a dream since I was a child, watching the GPs on TV. I didn’t really see the league stuff in Australia as a kid that much; we would always watch the GPs. I’d watch Leigh (Adams) and Jason (Crump) doing really well.

“To me, that was always the pinnacle of the sport. To be up there on top of the podium was a dream come true and hopefully something I can build off. Hopefully I can get up there a little bit more this year.”

Fricke is determined to put himself at the sharp end of the SGP standings in his second season. He said: “My goal is to win – to win as much as possible. I want to try and make it to the top six.

“The championship is so strong and anyone in that top six has the possibility to be on the podium or potentially in first place in the World Championship. It’s all there and ready to play for.”

Watch the full episode of Talking Dirt: Fuelled by Monster Energy on SpeedwayGP Facebook and YouTube from 11am UK / 12:00 CET.

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