Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Expect Diamonds to Win the League This Year'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Expect Diamonds to Win the League This Year'

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

ENGLISH may not be Ludvig Lindgren's first language, but Newcastle Diamonds' No.1 rider leaves you in no doubt as to what he is thinking.

When your job is riding around a dirt track on a motorbike with one gear and no brakes, there is little scope for beating about the bush.

The Diamonds, the Swedish speedway star claims, should win this season's Premier League and although Workington Comets will be one of their main rivals, this weekend'season-opener will have little bearing on that.

On and off the field, the 33-yearold believes the Diamonds ought to do better.

"I expect us to win the league," he says, matter-of-factly. "There's nothing else I personally want to win more. I've been here since 2012 and we've come close to winning the league without doing it. The whole team want to do that and we're strong enough to do that. We have a solid team from one to seven." Newcastle's season starts in Cumbria tomorrow with the first leg of the Ian Thomas Shield. The return is at Brough Park 24 hours later. It is a chance to get the measure of one of the league's strongest sides, but no more.

"Workington look quite strong but they think they're better than they are," says Lindgren. "I think they'll believe they've won the meeting beforehand so we can maybe catch them out.

"Peterborough are another team to look out for but overall it's quite a solid league. There's some special home tracks and some good riders. It's a lot harder and a lot better racing than many people think. The standard of Premier League racing is almost a high as the Elite League.

"To be a reserve in the Elite League is almost the same as being in the Premier League.

It's definitely a high-class league. It (this weekend's tie) doesn't mean anything, really. What it does mean is we get back into competitive speedway. …

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