Positive start to the Season for Fricke
Due to poor weather conditions racing was a bit slow to start this season but since things commenced in earnest, Max has had some very good results which point to his continued improvement in the sport.
Belle Vue Aces, UK
The Belle Vue Aces got off to a good start to the season with two away wins followed by two losses and finally got to host their first home fixture last week against the Swindon Robbins which resulted in another defeat. Belle Vue had been unable to host any home fixtures at the newly completed National Speedway Stadium in Manchester until last week because of initial problems with the new track surface which rendered it unsuitable for racing. The meeting against Swindon was a rearranged fixture and Max was unfortunately absent due to a clash with his Danish team Region Varde Elite Sports who had first claim on his services. Reports from team mates indicate that the track is now in great condition and will provide some exciting racing for the remainder of the season.
Max has scored quite consistently with the Aces and now that the home matches can begin he hopes that this form will continue to assist the Aces to make the top four in the Elite League to get into the Play Offs once again at the end of the season.
Max’s Polish team, Rybnik, this year progressed to Ekstraliga which means more challenging racing against some of the world’s top riders. At just 20 years of age, many expected the step up to be a big one for Max and did not think he would be able to maintain the consistent successes he enjoyed last year (his form was such that he finished the season as 15th highest placed rider in the League). However, he has stunned many critics with the way he has performed in the first three matches backing up the team’s heat leaders with very good scores of 9+1, 8+1 and 8. Last week’s draw was against current league winners Lezno at their home track, where they were leading for the majority of the meeting. Max’s scores have seen him debut at No. 18 on the Polish Ekstraliga averages list which is verification for those that had faith in Max’s ability and obvious talent. It will be a big ask for Max to maintain this level but this impressive debut points to a very promising year ahead for Max.
Max had attracted considerable media attention as a result of his good start to the season and you can read a recent article which has been translated from the Polish speedway website, Sportowefakty on 11 May.
Region Varde Elite Sport, Denmark
Last week was Max’s first meeting for his Danish Club, Region Varde Elite Sport (RV). After leading for the entire match at an away meeting against Fjelsted, RV let the lead slip in the final two heats. Max did well and contributed 9+2 points. This result should hopefully ensure that he will continue to be included in the squad for future matches.
Max was this year included in the Rosspigarna squad, a team that is also in the top league of racing in Sweden. His first visit was for the team’s Press and Practice in April where Max showed good speed at the home track and hopes that this, together with the results he is achieving in Poland and Denmark, will be enough to have him included in the team for enough meetings throughout the year to gain an average with a view to a more regular team spot in the future.
There are some very important individual meetings coming up in the next fortnight for Max including the Speedway GP Qualifier Quarter Finals on 16 May followed by the World U21 Qualifiers the following weekend.
It is vital for Max to perform well in both these meetings to progress to the GP Qualifier Semi’s and the 3 round World U21 finals. Max achieved sixth position in the World U21’s last year and his goal for this year is to improve on that result.
Following that, early in June is the World U21 Teams qualifying event. Team Australia is currently No. 3 following last year’s final which was held in Mildura, Australia. Team Australia has three representatives from that successful team, Max, Brady Kurtz and Jack Holder who will be joined this year by Jake Allen. The boys hope to do well enough to once again progress to the final of this event against the world’s best U21 riders.