Menu
Card image cap

FREDDIE: SGP A DIFFERENT SPORT

Swedish international Freddie Lindgren does not think his busy Elite League schedule will give him the edge over his SGP rivals.

17 / 04 / 2013, 14:24

Swedish international Freddie Lindgren does not think his busy Elite League schedule will give him the edge over his World Championship rivals in Bydgoszcz on Saturday.

Fast Freddie is one of seven SGP stars who race regularly in Britain and he skippers Wolverhampton into action at Poole tonight, where he and team mate Tai Woffinden tackle Pirates’ world champion Chris Holder and Darcy Ward.

Given that the Polish Ekstraliga only staged its first meeting on Sunday after the opening two rounds were snowed off, that and the New Zealand SGP is the only competitive action half the Grand Prix riders have gained so far this season.

Lindgren has been piling up the points at Wolves’ 264-metre track. But he admits bringing his scoring to the much bigger and faster, 348-metre circuit in Bydgoszcz against the top riders in the world will be a far greater challenge.

Racing in England and racing at Bydgoszcz are two different sports really. The setups on your bikes are totally different.

Freddie Lindgren

He said: “Racing in England and racing at Bydgoszcz are two different sports really. The setups on your bikes are totally different.

“How the bikes reacts at the start in England when you have a big sprocket on and at Bydgoszcz when you have a small one is totally different. It’s good to win heats and be racing, but it’s a different ball game when you race on the big tracks and not the English small tracks.”

The Motorsportwash.com European SGP is the first individual World Championship round in Bydgoszcz since 2010, but many SGP stars have done plenty of laps at the Polish venue.

Lindgren admits his experience of the ZKS Polonia Stadium is limited and says the track will be a real test of the power in his bikes.

He said: “I haven’t been to Bydgoszcz that many times. I did a few Grand Prix events there, but they were in the lower division.

“I’m not 100 percent comfortable with the track. It’s very round and you need to get the horsepower on the ground very quickly. We’re doing some testing in Leszno and see if we can come up with some good equipment for the Bydgoszcz Grand Prix. I’ll give it all I can.

“I’m happy so far, but I still have a few new things to try out. You always push to go forward and get that edge. My gating is something we’re working really hard on at the moment and I’ve got some different clutch setups, which seem to be improving. It’s down to me to improve my gating technique as well.”

Card image cap

WD-40 PARTNERS WITH SGP FOR HORSENS & CARDIFF SGP ROUNDS

WD-40 named as Danish FIM Speedway Grand Prix title sponsor and Adrian Flux British SGP technical partner.

Card image cap

LAMBERT SET FOR GP CHALLENGE

Cardiff wild card Robert Lambert could crown a sensational season by qualifying for SGP 2019 after receiving a GP Challenge wild card.

Card image cap

EKSTRALIGA | PEDERSEN PILES UP POLISH POINTS

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen is warming up nicely for the Danish SGP in Horsens after racing to 16 paid 17 points for Tarnow.

Card image cap

IN-FORM MJJ TARGETS SGP RETURN

Danish star Michael Jepsen Jensen is determined to push his case for a full-time SGP comeback after being named as Danish SGP wild card.

Card image cap

WORLD U21 | LAMBERT WINS RAWICZ QUALIFIER

British champion Robert Lambert’s magical week continues after he stormed into the FIM Speedway Under-21 Final with victory in Rawicz.

Card image cap

WORLD U21 | DRABIK LAUNCHES TITLE DEFENCE

Polish racer Maksym Drabik launches his FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship defence in today’s qualifier at Liberec.

Card image cap

AJ’S SGP HOMECOMING

Rospiggarna and Sweden icon Andreas Jonsson named as Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card for Hallstavik on July 7.

Card image cap

SON FINAL 2 | HEAT OF THE NIGHT

It takes something special to beat the Poles in Poland - watch GB's Tai Woffinden and Robert Lambert face Patryk Dudek and Maciej Janowski.