Jul 27 2017
World Games Call UpPosted on July 27 2017 by MaxFricke
On Saturday 29 July, Speedway is making a return to the The World Games 2017 – Wrocław after being invited to appear as an ‘invitational sport’ and Max will be joining Australia’s strongest pairing of Jason Doyle and Chris Holder as the reserve rider representing team Australia.
The World Games is held every four years over a 10 day period and has developed into one of the largest sporting occasions in the world, second only to the Olympic Games to which it is affiliated. It provides a platform for sports which are not usually included in the Olympics and its great that the FIM Speedway World Games have been included in the program.
Teams have been entered by Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Australia, Germany, Poland and Great Britain.
“This will be an exciting event to be a part of and provides a great opportunity to showcase our sport to a much larger audience, said Max. It’s always an honour to pull on the Australian suit and I’ve been very fortunate this year to represent my country on a number of occasions. I’m very grateful for the opportunities given to me this year” he continued.
The next individual event on Max’s calendar is the final round of the Speedway Best Pairs Cup scheduled on 17 August in Gneizno, Poland followed by the Speedway GP Qualifier Final to be held in Russia on 19 August.
Jul 27 2017
World U21 Title Defence BeginsPosted on July 27 2017 by MaxFricke
Max commenced the defence of his title last week at the first round of the FIM 2017 World Championships in Posnan, Poland.
Showing why he is the current World Title holder, Max went through the heats dropping just one point on what proved to be a tricky and technical track for many of the riders. He displayed loads of class and speed breaking the track record and together with his main rival, Polish rider Maxim Drabik, progressed to the semi finals with a clear lead over the other riders in the field.
It was looking like the race of the night was coming up with Max and Drabik expected to progress easily to the final however, Max missed the start and made an uncustomary error dropping to fourth place and although he battled well to get into third, it was not enough to progress to the final.
“I’m really disappointed in myself for making the mistake I did, said Max. “I was in a really good position and the result should have been a lot closer but I have left myself with a bit of work to do in the next two rounds to try and make up the lost points” he continued.
Points scored throughout the meeting mean that Max sits in second position in the championship on 15 points, six behind Drabik leading into the second and third rounds which will be held in September in Germany and Poland.
Poland are a particularly strong speedway nation and Max is only the second non-Polish rider to win the U21 World Title since fellow Australian, Darcy Ward, in 2010.
“It was really great last year to get an Australian back on the top of the rostrum and I would love to be able to win back to back titles but it’s going to be very tough. Still, anything can happen in the next two rounds so I’ll do all I can to get myself back into contention” he continued.
Mar 26 2017
TEAM BOLL MAKE A STATEMENT IN THE SPEEDWAY BEST PAIRSPosted on March 26 2017 by MaxFricke
Team Boll showed why they are considered by some to be one of the favourites for the series when they made a great start at Torun last night finishing in second spot on the podium after a nail biting final saw Max and team mate Jason Doyle just miss out on the win.
Jason Doyle was the star of the team adding 13 points to the team’s total of 21+2. Max came into the competition after Grigorij Laguta experienced some problems after the first two heats and Max’s 7+1 points (including a win) from the 4 remaining rides, together with Jason’s total, was enough to get Boll into the semi final where they beat Monster Energy Team for the last spot in the final. They now faced defending champions, FOGO Power. It was looking like a fairy tale end to the night with Max and Jason getting the gate over the Poles and holding their line for the first two laps however, on the third lap Poitr Pawliki cut back on the inside and passed both the Boll boys. This was still enough to secure the win until the last bend when FOGO’s Bartosz Zmarzlik saw a slight gap on the inside and forced Max wide relegating him to last place. Bartosz getting third was enough to secure FOGO Power the win.
“Prior to the competition I think we would have all been very happy to get second but it was bitter sweet because we were leading the final for most of the race until I made a slight mistake on the last bend and Bartosz got past me, said Max.
“I can’t believe that happened and even though I think second in a competition like this is extremely good, I will always kick myself a little bit. I came to the event today just hoping for a ride so after the dust has settled I think I will be happy with how it all turned out” he continued.
Boll now head into the second round with 8 points, 2 behind FOGO Power on 10 and two clear of Monster Energy Team on 6. The next round will be held on 2 May at Gniezno, Poland and Team Boll have shown they are true contenders for the title which will be contested over three rounds.