Rider Bio

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Name:
Max Fricke
Date of Birth:
29 March, 1996
Height:
177 cms
Weight:
64 kgs
Lives:
Mansfield, Victoria
Class:
500cc Senior

About Me

My racing started when I was 6 years old when I joined the Goulburn Valley Motorcycle Club in Shepparton in order to race motocross. I raced regularly and over the years progressed to the A Grade class in my age group. At 9 years of age I was introduced to speedway which I did over the summer months. I continued to race both disciplines until the age of 15 when my focus shifted more to speedway.

After a successful stint in the junior ranks including winning all 4 State Titles at the 125cc level in 2012 and 2 appearances at the Youth Gold Trophy – Junior World Championships (best result 6th) I moved up to the  500cc bikes at the age of 16.

Since progressing to the Senior 500cc class I’ve continued to progress and improve.   After just 4 months of racing the larger machine I took out the Australian Under 21 Title and backed this up again in 2014, 2015, 2017.     In 2013 I commenced my professional speedway career with the Edinburgh Monarchs in Scotland and helped the team to become the UK Premier League runners up.  I returned to Edinburgh as a Monarch again in 2014 where the team was the most successful in the Club’s history.  We won 4 of the 5 major titles on offer in the league including the League Championship and the Premier League Pairs where I represented the Club with my team mate Sam Masters.  I also signed contracts with the Region Varde Speedway Club in Outrun, Denmark and a 2 year contract with the Unibax Torun team in Poland although I did not get an opportunity to race for Torun during that season.

In 2015 I moved up to the Elite League in the UK riding for the Belle Vue Aces in Manchester and also again riding for Region Varde in Denmark.  I signed a 2 year contract with the Gnistorna Speedway Club in Malmo, Sweden and was loaned by Torun in Poland to ride for the Rybnik Speedway Club.  I had a successful season becoming runners up in the UK Elite League Grand Final and finished amongst the top 15 riders in the Polish Division One.  I also achieved some great personal results including winning the prestigious Czech Golden Ribbon event in Pardubice and placing 6th after 3 rounds of the World U21 series.

2016 saw me progress again to the top level of racing in the  four major leagues in Europe – UK, Poland, Denmark and Sweden and I continued to improve my personal results, including winning the World U21 Speedway Championships to become World Champion.   I was also voted ‘Discovery of the Season’ in the Polish PGE Ekstraliga, the most competitive speedway league in the world.

Throughout 2017 I continued to race with my teams in UK, Poland and Sweden and made several appearances representing Australia and won silver medals at the World Games and in the U21 Teams Event.  I also won the silver medal in the UK Championship League Riders Championship and for the Bolle Team in the Polish Pairs event.  I also made my Speedway GP debut and had my first GP heat win.  Ultimate goal for 2017 is to retain the U21 World Champion title.

 


  • Hobbies & Interests:

    Motor racing, bicycling, snow skiing and watching any form of racing

  • Racing History:

    Started motocross racing at 6 years of age and speedway at 9

  • Favourite Food:

    Mum’s lamb roast or pasta

  • Favourite Quote:

    If you’re not first, you’re last – Ricky Bobby

  • Best individual results:

    3rd - 2017 World Under 21 Speedway Championships
    3rd - 2017 Golden Helmet, Czech Republic
    1st - 2016 World Under 21 Speedway Championships
    1st - Australian Under 21 Solo Speedway Championships 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
    3rd - Australian Senior Solo Speedway Championships 2016
    1st - 2015 Gold Ribbon Junior race at Pardubice, Czech Republic
    6th - 2015 World U21 Individual Championship
    1st - UK Premier League Pairs Championship

  • Goals for 2017:

    To retain my World U21 Champion Title.

  • Teams

    2013
    Edinburgh Monarchs, Scotland

    2014
    Edinburgh Monarchs, Scotland
    Region Varde & Esbjerg Speedway Clubs, Denmark
    Unibax Torun Angels, Poland

    2015
    Belle Vue Aces, Manchester UK
    Region Varde Speedway Club, Outrup, Denmark
    Gnistorna Speedway Club in Malmo, Sweden
    ROW Rybnik Speedway Club, Poland

    2016
    Belle Vue Aces, Manchester UK
    Region Vade Speedway Club, Outrup, Denmark
    Rospiggarna Speedway Club, Hallstavik, Sweden
    ROW Rybnik, Poland

    2017
    Rospiggarna Speedway Club, Hallstaavik, Sweden
    ROW Rybnik, Poland
    Belle Vue Aces, Manchester, UK