Lindback springs surprise

Swedish rider wins his maiden GP in 52nd attempt

Last Updated: 12/08/12 10:47am

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Italian GP - Final

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Antonio Lindback sprung a surprise to win his first-ever Speedway Grand Prix in Italy on Saturday.

The Swedish ace, riding in his 52nd GP, swooped around the outside from Gate 4 in the re-run of the final in Terenzano and pulled away to win easily from Emil Sayfutdinov and Greg Hancock.

In the original race, Sayfutdinov and Martin Vaculik - racing from Gates 2 and 1 respectively - charged into the first bend and there was contact, with Vuculik flipping over the handlebars of his bike and sent slamming into the track. The race was stopped and Vuculik was disqualified.

Lindback was justifiably delighted to win his first GP after making his debut in the world championships back in 2004.

Long wait

"This means everything, you know I started to doubt myself if I can do it and today it was proven that I can win a GP."
Antonio Lindback Quotes of the week

Lindback triumphant in Italy

"It's so nice - I've waited so long for this," the 27-year-old told Sky Sports.

"This means everything, you know I started to doubt myself if I can do it and today it was proven that I can win a GP."

Lindback's victory - becoming the seventh different rider to win in the eight GPs so far this year - moved the Swede up to ninth place overall, now just seven points behind compatriot Andreas Jonsson in eighth.

World champion Hancock was the other big winner on the night, earning 14 points to move up to 111 points and extend his lead at the top of the standings to 10 points over nearest challenger Nicki Pedersen, who could only make the semis.

British rider Chris 'Bomber' Harris was unlucky not to make the semis, hitting a rut on the first corner of his final race in Heat 19. His bike lifted and he was thrown off and subsequently disqualified, leaving him stranded on eight points on the night, which moves him up to 11th in the standings.

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