The Swede followed his third place at the Croatian SGP to take top spot ahead of Australia’s Jack Holder in second and three-time and current World champion Bartosz Zmarzlik to go into second place in the 2023 World championship.
He won his first Speedway GP since the 2020 FIM Gorzow Speedway GP after triumphing in a restarted final after Aussie star Jason Doyle was disqualified after crashing as he duelled with Zmarzlik in the first staging of the race.
The victory in front of almost 45,000 fans follows his battle with the effects of long COVID, suffered since he was first infected with the virus in March 2020 and again the following winter.
After enduring breathing difficulties and other symptoms which impacted on his training, Lindgren was elated to celebrate his sixth Speedway GP win.
He said: “I am just grateful to be healthy again. I don’t think many people understand how hard I have had it for the last three years – only my nearest family and mechanics.
“The win feels great. I am very happy. It’s very emotional to win a GP; I haven’t done it for a long time. This is my sixth GP win tonight. I’ve had a fair few attempts, so it doesn’t come easy.
“My wife also came here with my daughter and our friends and family. I haven’t seen my daughter, Millie-Li, too much since February, apart from a couple of days now and then, so it was great to see her this weekend to have her and her Mummy here as well.”
Fellow NGK-sponsored Britons three-time World champion Tai Woffinden and current British champion and 2022 British Grand Prix winner Dan Bewley both made the semi-final stage scoring nine and ten points respectively with Robert Lambert enduring a disappointing night, scoring five points.
John Money, who handles Speedway sponsorship on behalf of NGK-brand owner Niterra UK Ltd, said: “It was another great performance by Freddie who has been in fine form this season. It was especially impressive considering his long-term battle with long COVID.”
Lindgren also topped the podium in the 2017 Warsaw event and has now reached the rostrum on an incredible five straight visits to PGE Narodowy.
He is now level on 36 points with Zmarzlik at the top of the Speedway GP standings, with the Pole placed higher only by virtue of his superior FIM ranking. The pair continue their battle at the Prague FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic on June 3.
Lambert is in fifth place in the championship on 23 points, one place ahead of Woffinden who has 21 points with Bewley in eighth position on 20 points.
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Worldwide: Niterra (formerly NGK SPARK PLUG) is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers. With its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, the company has sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and vehicle electronics technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. At the same time, the company is transforming its organisation and business portfolio in more sustainability-driven directions. Four business fields have been identified for this purpose: Mobility, Medical, Environment & Energy and Communications. With around 16,100 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.8 billion Euros worldwide. Niterra’s EMEA sales represent 27% of this global turnover.
Aftermarket EMEA: Niterra has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts and into the automotive sector in the 1970s. The company is renowned for its outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development. The product portfolio of its NGK Ignition Parts brand comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils, leads & caps. Its NTK Vehicle Electronics brand offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. From its regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany, Niterra serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region, the company has six regional companies and around 840 employees.
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