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Oct 18 2016

What a Year It’s Been!

Posted on October 18 2016 by MaxFricke

2o16 has been my busiest and best year so far.  Each year I’ve managed to raise the bar and this year has been no exception.  I try to set myself goals at the beginning of each season and this year I’ve achieved each one which I’m really happy about.  I have had some great team and individual results with the highlights being:

  • Under 21 World Champion
  • 5th in the Golden Helmet, Czech Republic
  • Gold medal for Rospiggarna Speedway  Club in Sweden
  • Gold medal for Region Varde Elite Sports in Denmark
  • Silver medal with Belle Vue Aces in the UK after topping the league ladder
  • Successful first season in the Polish PGE Ekstraliga for ROW Rybnik and being voted ‘Discovery of the Season’ in the PGE Ekstraliga
  • 4th World Cup with the Australian Team
  • 2nd U21 Teams Event with Australian Team
  • 10th GP Qualifying final
  • 3rd Australian Senior Solo Championships

Committing myself to four leagues in the UK, Denmark, Poland and Sweden has had it’s challenges and means a punishing racing schedule for me once you take into account my individual U21 and team commitments,  selection in the World Cup team and participation in the GP Challenge qualifying events.  But I’m not complaining.  It has been my dream to compete at this level and I’m learning so much racing weekly against the world’s top riders.  I couldn’t have done this without the team I have behind me in the UK and Europe so huge thanks to them.

The down side is that I’ve missed some meetings for teams due to fixture clashes (and a couple of injuries) so I will have to review my commitments next year but I’m really happy about the way the year went on the whole.

U21 World Champion
U21 World Champion
U21 World Champion
U21 World Champion
Rospiggarna Final
Rospiggarna Final

May 16 2016

Positive start to the Season for Fricke

Posted on May 16 2016 by MaxFricke

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.

Rybnik, Poland

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.

Rosspigarna, Sweden

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.

 Individual meetings

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.

 

Test Run at Belle Vue's new home - the National Speedway Stadium, Manchester
Test Run at Belle Vue's new home - the National Speedway Stadium, Manchester
Celebrating a 5-1 at Rybnik
Celebrating a 5-1 at Rybnik
2016 Rybnik team
2016 Rybnik team

Mar 21 2016

The 2016 Season Begins

Posted on March 21 2016 by MaxFricke

The 2016 season has commenced but not quite like we planned.  Unfortunately, the opening of Belle Vue’s new National Speedway Stadium, which was scheduled for 19 March, did not go ahead as planned due to a problem with a section of the track.  This was a huge disappointment for the Belle Vue Management who have done so much work to get this amazing venue completed in time for the grand opening.  It was also devastating for the 6,000 fans that had been looking forward to seeing some great racing by a field of riders that included some of the best in the world.   This is an unfortunate situation that will be resolved soon and we can look forward to a bright future at this fantastic venue.

I competed in my first meeting of the season last night at Chris Harris’ Testimonial meeting at Coventry.  It was a great opportunity to try out my equipment prior to the start of league racing which is due to commence on Friday (subject to the the BV track being ready).  I was honoured to be asked to participate in the testimonial for Chris who is a legend of the sport in the UK and I hope he had a good night.

I’ve had the Team Presentation at Rybnik in Poland on 5 March which was great to be a part of  and I hope to head out there soon for some practice on their newly renovated track too.

Rybnik Team Presentation
Rybnik Team Presentation
Belle Vue's new Grand stand
Belle Vue's new Grand stand