TRIPLE Under-21 Australian speedway champion Max Fricke said he’ll savour the experience of his first-ever home Speedway Grand Prix that took place at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, October 24.
The 19-year-old from Mansfield was really impressed by the 25,000-strong crowd that witnessed world champion Tai Woffinden from the United Kingdom win his second Grand Prix title. “I enjoyed every minute of it,” Max, who was a reserve rider for the DON Smallgoods FIM Australian Speedway Grand Prix, said.
“Stadiums in Poland can hold 15,000 but not too many are as big as Etihad Stadium and to be in front of your home crowd made it even better,” Max said. “To walk out on the stadium with all the fans and air horns and everything going off was a pretty awesome feeling. There’s not a lot you can compare it to,” he added.
Fricke wasn’t just confined to the pits the whole weekend; he was able to take to the track on Friday for practice. “Practice on Friday was really good. It was a great opportunity to ride on the track and get a feel for things.
“It’s not often that you get to ride with the GP boys in a GP format so to be a part of that was really good and it was a really good experience,” Max said.
“I’d like to be able to build on that and hopefully in the years to come I can get a wildcard or even be a part of the series,” Max added. Max’s dream might come true as Etihad Stadium will host the Australian Speedway Grand Prix for the next five years.
“It’d be great to hopefully be able to race in front of my home fans at a GP one day,” Max hoped.
Max will now turn his attention to the 2015 FIM Speedway Under 21 World Cup Final that takes place in Mildura this weekend. “Practice starts on Thursday so it’s going to be another big event. It’ll be awesome with a home crowd behind us because it’s never happened in the past,” Max said.
Max will ride at number two at Olympic Park in Mildura this weekend along with team captain Nick Norris, Jack Holder and Brady Kurtz.
“We (Australia) are up against some pretty strong teams in Poland, Denmark and Germany. All we can do is the best we can and hopefully we can come away with a pretty decent position at the end of the weekend,” Max added.
The 2015 FIM Speedway Under 21 World Cup Final, hosted by the Mildura Motorcycle Club, will take place at Olympic Park in Mildura on Saturday, October 31 from 7PM. For more information please visit: www.milduramotorcycleclub.com.au.