LINDGREN ENDS 2021 SEASON
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren has confirmed his season is over after revealing he is still suffering the effects of long Covid.
07 / 10 / 2021, 12:09
Swedish star Freddie Lindgren has confirmed his season is over after revealing he is still suffering the mental and physical effects of long Covid.
Fast Freddie finished fifth in the SGP World Championship – level on 129 points with Maciej Janowski in fourth.
The Vastervik and Czestochowa star was in the hunt for SGP bronze right until the final weekend of the season, which saw him score 10 points over the two nights of the eWinner Torun SGP double-header.
Speedway is my job and a big part of my life, but it is not everything when you start to feel bad both mentally and physically. My recovery journey starts from the inside and out now. I hope this honesty can help others to STOP before it’s too late and something bad can happen.
Lindgren miraculously bounced back from a frightening fall at the Danish SGP sponsored by Ecco at Vojens on September 11, but admits this crash aggravated an old hand injury.
However, posting on social media today, Lindgren revealed he is still battling the after-effects of a Covid-19 infection he suffered in 2020, conceding that it has impacted him mentally and physically.
So he has opted to bring his season to a close and will not line up for Sweden at the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Manchester on October 16 and 17.
Posting on Facebook, he wrote: “Together with my team we have decided to end my racing season this week.
“What many people don’t know is I have been battling with post-Covid and defects in my lungs since 2020. I also had some more troubles with my hand from an old injury after the crash in the Vojens Grand Prix.
“I have been pushing myself too much this season just to be able to show up at the races. My problems with my physical health have also dragged me down in my mental health. As much as I have wondered what kind of life it is to live, when I struggle to live normally on an ordinary day.
“Last week went from bad to worse during the Swedish play-offs and the Grand Prix weekend in Toruń. I could not recognise myself. I had a strange feeling within myself. I had trouble to concentrate and focus. My mind and body didn’t do what I wanted them to do.
“I have realised my body and my mind are too broken. I have been sick and not been able to even breathe properly during the whole season. Continuing to ride these last races isn’t fair to myself, but it’s also not fair to my family and my team who work around me.
“I am not working as I usually do as a rider, but also not as a husband, as a team member or as a father. I need to stop now and start healing instead of continuing to push myself like I have done this year.
“I will take with me the positive things from this season and learn from the experience this year has given me. We have already started with my rehabilitation plan and I feel confident that I will have a chance to heal up properly and come back next year stronger. I have come back stronger before from injury and sickness.
“I want to say a big and special thank you to my team members Jonathan Birks, David Haynes and Kevin Zielinski for being great team members but also great and supported friends.
“I want to thank my mother Åsa for being a pain in the ass at the moment, but you do it with love and I know that. Thank you!
“Thank you to my baby girl Millie-Li and our dog Bellman-Garry for giving me your unconditional love.
“Thanks to my wife and business partner Carolina for helping me put the brakes on before it’s too late and for standing by me during the darkest of times. Without you I would be lost.
“I want to thank my sponsors and clubs who have supported me the whole year, knowing I am not 100 percent healthy, but still believed in me and supported me the whole way.
“Speedway is my job and a big part of my life, but it is not everything when you start to feel bad both mentally and physically. My recovery journey starts from the inside and out now. I hope this honesty can help others to STOP before it’s too late and something bad can happen. With love, Fredrik Lindgren.”
We wish Freddie a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on track.