Fricke back on track
MANSFIELD’S Max Fricke is closing in on his second world title.
After pulling back three points on the series leader at the second round of the Speedway U21 World Championships held in Gustrow, Germany on September 8, Fricke goes into the final round in the Czech Republic just three points adrift of Poland’s Maxim Drabik.
This was only Fricke’s second meeting back after suffering fractures to his C6 and C7 vertebrae just over four weeks previously.
“It was difficult coming back to an important meeting like this with little to no preparation so I was happy with how things went really,” said Fricke.
“I had scored well throughout the heats and was on track to make the final but unfortunately I picked up some grip in the first corner in the semi and fell which cost me valuable points.
“If I can have an incident free last round this weekend then I have a great chance of retaining the title.
“I will just do my best and hope that it’s enough to win it again,” he said.
Since r eturning f r om i njury Fricke has been extremely busy with his UK and Swedish teams both making the play-offs.
To get back to race fitness Fricke has also been participating in some individual events including the UK Premiership League Riders Championship where the top two riders from each team are put forward to participate.
Fricke finished second behind Sweden’s Freddie Lingren who won the title for the third time.
The U21 World Title i s still wide open with just seven points separating first and fifth place, so any one of those riders could be the 2018 Speedway U21 World Champion.
Keep an eye on Fricke’s website www. maxfrickeracing. com, or f ollow him on Facebook at Max Fricke Racing for updates on his results.
EYES ON THE PRIZE: Max Fricke racing for his UK team the Belle Vue Aces.