LION LINDGREN SEEKS ‘REDEMPTION’

PAUL BURBIDGE

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren insisted “I am looking for redemption” as he bids to roar into form for PGE Ekstraliga side Czestochowa in 2022.

Despite racing to fifth place in the 2021 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series, the Orebro-born ace did not enjoy the best of fortunes for the Lions and finished the season with an average of 1.652 points per race in Poland.

Czestochowa fell short of the PGE Ekstraliga play-offs for the second straight season and this is a run Lindgren is determined to help end this year.

Lindgren gets that mission underway in the league’s opening match of the season, which sees the Lions host Leszno on Friday evening.

The Andorra-based star has spent the last two seasons battling the effects of long Covid after first picking up the virus in March 2020 – in the earliest weeks of the pandemic.

But with his health improving, he is determined to pile up the points for Czestochowa. He said: “I am looking for redemption. I performed very poorly for Czestochowa and the fans and they were very upset with my performances – as they should be. I really hope that I can bring out some better scores this year.”

Lindgren teams up with Speedway GP rival Leon Madsen, as well as the likes of World Under-21 champion Jakub Miskowiak, Bartosz Smektala, Kacper Woryna, Jonas Jeppesen and Mateusz Swidnicki.

While it’s virtually an unchanged side, Lindgren believes the team can grow in confidence in its second season together.

He added: “For some of the young guys like Bartek Smektala and Kacper Woryna, they had just changed clubs and I think they will feel more comfortable now.

“If I can perform at the top level more like I should do, I think we have a great chance and we have absolutely superb junior riders in our team.”

Lindgren gets his World Championship campaign started at the FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Gorican on April 30.

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