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NGK Speedway star hails ‘guardian angel’

NGK-sponsored Swedish star Freddie Lindgren believes he had “a guardian angel by my side” after he escaped serious injury in a dramatic crash during the Danish Speedway Grand Prix.

Lindgren was chasing NGK stablemate Tai Woffinden hard for second place in the semi-final when wild card Mikkel Michelsen lifted as they charged across the start-finish line, clashing with Lindgren who was left suspended over his own handlebars and was a passenger as his bike careered into the first-bend fence, demolishing a large section of air bags.

Despite fears for the health of both riders, they miraculously got to their feet very quickly, allowing everyone at Vojens Speedway Center to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Lindgren was very grateful to walk away from a frightening incident relatively unscathed. Posting on Instagram, he wrote: “I got released from hospital late last night after a full check-up – no broken bones, just battered and bruised.

“I feel I had a guardian angel by my side and am grateful I didn’t sustain any serious injury. Thank you all for your messages and your concerns over my health.”

Championship leader Artem Laguta won the SGP, finishing ahead of Bartosz Zmarzlik who he leads by one point in the standings. NGK-sponsored riders were on top form in Denmark with Russian Emil Sayfutdinov coming third and Woffinden fourth while England’s Robert Lambert finished in fifth position, one place ahead of Lindgren. Sayfutdinov, Lindgren and Woffinden lie in third, fourth and fifth place respectively in the championship standings.

John Money, who handles Speedway sponsorship on behalf of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “There were fantastic performances by our riders in Denmark but more importantly I am sure all our customers who are Speedway fans are thankful that Freddie was not seriously injured in such a dramatic accident.”

All the NGK riders’ bikes are fitted with NGK spark plugs and the NGK logo is also featured on the riders’ boards and heat boards at each Grand Prix.

The final Grand Prix of the season will be held at Torun, Poland on October 1 & 2.


Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,400 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.7 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales represent 32% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 60 group companies, 35 production plants, five Technical Centres and three Venture Labs.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has six regional companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.


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