Fricke back on track

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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.

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