FRESH from taking on the world at the Under 21 Speedway World Cup Final in Mildura, Mansfield’s speedway star Max Fricke will head back to Olympic Park this weekend for the coveted 2015 Victorian Speedway Solo Championships on December 5-6.
The 19-year-old proudly represented his country earning a well-earned bronze medal at the international meeting in October. Now his attention focuses on claiming his first-ever state title.
“I’m going there to try and win. It’s a state title. It’s Justin Sedgmen’s home-track and he’s always pretty fast up there,” Max said.
“The goal is to win but I’ll try and make the final and go from there,” he added. “I’ve done a bit of riding in Mildura over the last month so I’ll go there and try the best we can and see if we can win,” Max said.
A strong field of riders have been named for the Victorian Speedway Solo Championships where the top four place-getters earn a UK work visa to be able to compete in speedway in Britain next season.
They riders are: 1.Ty Proctor 2. Jack Morrison 3. Bill Tillett 4. Brad Tillett 5. Cooper Riordan 6. Max Fricke 7. Brodie Waters 8.Jordan Stewart 9. Jason Stewart 10. Jaimon Lidsey 11.Brock Gates 12. Chris Ferguson 13. Justin Sedgmen 14. Dakota Ballantyne 15.Luke Bacskai 16. Jack Fallon First Reserve: 17. Gary Fischer.
“Competing in a state title is really important because the top four riders are the only ones who are able to qualify for a UK work visa. For some of the boys trying to get overseas or remain overseas it’s pretty important to finish in the top four,” Max added.
Mildura Motorcycle Club president Gavin Sedgmen is excited that his club will be hosting a Victorian Speedway Solo Championship. “It’ll be a very exciting weekend.
“We’re very pleased that we’re able to host a state title which follows on from a very big year of hosting big events,” Gavin said.
“After we hosted the FIM World Under-21 Speedway World Cup Final the FIM were super impressed in the way we ran our meeting and the facilities we provided,” Gavin continued.
“The FIM were astounded that a little country track could do such a good job. It was great for Mildura, great for Victoria and great for Australian Speedway.
“All that flows into the Victorian Championships because riders like Max Fricke and Justin Sedgmen will be vying for qualifying positions for the Australian Speedway Solo Championships and the qualifiers for the World Solo Speedway Championships,” Gavin added.
Max will be looking to better his third place finish at last year’s Victorian Speedway Solo Championships. “I’ve never won a senior Victorian title. I’ve won a few junior titles so it would be nice to try and win this one this weekend,” Max added.
You can follow Max’s progress through the summer of speedway by liking his official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Max-Fricke-Racing.
The 2015 Victorian Speedway Solo Championships takes place at Mildura Motorcycle Club’s Olympic Park in Mildura from December 5-6. For more information please visit www.milduramotorcycleclub.org.au.