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FRICKE: AUSSIES ON THE UP

Max Fricke hopes a rapidly progressing Aussie team can make their mark at tonight’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final Day 1.

20 / 07 / 2019, 10:35

Former World Under-21 champion Max Fricke hopes a rapidly progressing Aussie team can make their mark at tonight’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final Day 1 in Togliatti.

Australia track the same side which contested the 2018 Finals in Wroclaw as Fricke joins forces with 2017 world champion Jason Doyle and double Aussie Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey.

While Doyle remains one of the world’s top riders, Fricke and Lidsey have advanced massively over the past 12 months.

It’s nice to have a couple of good Grand Prix rounds. It’s good for the confidence, as well as giving me the experience of riding in that competition. Hopefully I can use that in the Speedway of Nations.

Max Fricke

Fricke reached his first FIM Speedway Grand Prix final in Hallstavik on July 6, producing a ride-of-the-season contender to win his semi-final. Meanwhile, his Belle Vue, Grindsted and Landshut team mate Lidsey continues to make rock-solid progress in only his second professional season.

With the Aussies on the up, Fricke hopes his side can shine in Russia. He said: “I think we have a good team this year. Hopefully it all works out well for us.

“We’re another year further down the line. We have a bit more experience and I guess we all understand the event a little bit more. All our riders are in pretty good form as well.

“Doyley is a machine. He always is at this point in the year. Hopefully he can do what Doyley does best and score a load of points.

“Jaimon has gone well. He is learning all the time and it’s all new to him – tracks and things like that. He’ll be in a much better position than he was this time last year.

"He’s the one who has progressed the most out of all of us. Hopefully he can be a strong link for us as the under-21.

“It’s one of those events where everyone has really strong teams. You probably need a little bit of luck on your side and everything to work out well over the course of the two days. By the end of it, hopefully we are in a good position and we can do something with that.”

Fricke has made his own progress as SGP second reserve as he continues to stake his claim for a full-time spot in the series. He’s keen to bring his World Championship form, which also saw him top the heat scorechart in Prague, into the Monster Energy SON.

He said: “It’s nice to have a couple of good Grand Prix rounds. It’s good for the confidence, as well as giving me the experience of riding in that competition. Hopefully I can use that in the Speedway of Nations.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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