LINDGREN: GAME ON FOR BRONZE
Swedish ace Freddie Lindgren insists “it’s still game on for the bronze medal” as he chases his second straight rostrum finish.
22 / 09 / 2021, 10:00
Swedish ace Freddie Lindgren insists “it’s still game on for the bronze medal” as he chases his second straight rostrum finish at the eWinner Torun SGP of Poland double-header on October 1 and 2.
Fast Freddie heads into the final two rounds placed fourth in the SGP World Championship standings on 119 points – just two behind Emil Sayfutdinov, who stands third on 121.
Both men are seeking what would be their third SGP bronze medal, with Lindgren chasing his second on the spin.
It’s very close – it’s two points between me and Emil. That can change very fast. There are still 40 points to play for, so nothing is over yet.
Sayfutdinov snatched a two-point lead with his podium finish at the Danish SGP sponsored by Ecco in Vojens on September 11, which saw Lindgren miraculously escape serious injury in a frightening semi-final fall.
There are a huge 40 points up for grabs in Torun, and Lindgren is determined to overhaul his rival and earn a taste of the World Championship podium champagne after the final round on October 2.
He said: “As it stands, I lost a couple of points on him, but it’s still game on for the bronze medal. I will give everything I have in Torun. It’s very close – it’s two points between me and Emil. That can change very fast. There are still 40 points to play for, so nothing is over yet.”
Lindgren almost certainly won’t become world champion this year, and the honest Orebro-born racer was quick to acknowledge the strength of top two Artem Laguta and Bartosz Zmarzlik, who have won four SGP 2021 rounds each.
The Czestochowa and Vastervik star is 39 points behind leader Laguta, but insists he will give his all during the winter months to mount a title bid in 2022.
“This year they have been unbelievable,” he said. “They have been one step ahead of the rest. They have been absolutely phenomenal.
“It seems like they are first and second in every round. It hasn’t quite been like that, but almost. I am very impressed with both of them.
“Of course I am already thinking about the winter time and what I can do differently to be better. We’ll see if we can reel them in.”