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THORSSELL'S BLACK COUNTRY BACKING FOR SON DEBUT

Double Swedish champion Jacob Thorssell hopes there will be a few Swedish fans with a Black Country accent in Manchester this weekend.

16 / 10 / 2021, 10:30

Double Swedish champion Jacob Thorssell hopes there will be a few Swedish fans with a Black Country accent in Manchester as he lines up in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final.

Thorssell makes his Swedish senior debut as he lines up alongside skipper Pontus Aspgren and under-21 star Philip Hellstrom-Bangs for their battle with Great Britain, Poland, Denmark, Australia, Latvia and France tonight and tomorrow.

The Atvidaberg-born racer is no stranger to UK fans as he spent eight seasons with SGB Premiership side Wolverhampton from 2012 to 2019.

Pontus has been riding well all year and I have been riding well. I think we can do some damage and just go out and ride for the joy of it this weekend. But at the same time, we will be giving it a good go and doing the best we can.

Jacob Thorssell

While the GB riders are set to enjoy the lion’s share of support at the National Speedway Stadium, Thorssell hopes any Wolves fans in attendance will also get behind him and Aspgren, who also raced for the Monmore Green club.

He said: “I have missed being there. I have missed all my friends there and the Wolverhampton fans of course.

“Pontus is also a former Wolves rider, so hopefully we will have some Wolves supporters here, cheering for us. It is good to be back in the UK.”

Thorssell steps into the side in place of Swedish champion Freddie Lindgren, who was forced to call an early end to his season due to his ongoing battle with the mental and physical effects of long Covid. The former world No.3 was also suffering with a hand injury.

Lindgren’s absence is a huge blow to Sweden after he raced to 23 from a possible 24 points at Semi-Final 1 in Daugavpils on September 17.

But Thorssell comes into the side on the back of winning the Bauhaus Elitserien with Dackarna, beating Aspgren’s Smederna side in the play-off final. Both riders have enjoyed strong seasons in their homeland and Thorssell hopes they can bring that on to the Monster Energy SON stage.

He said: “Freddie has been strong all year. He has been scoring the points, but me and Pontus are in good form at the moment.

“Pontus has been riding well all year and I have been riding well. I think we can do some damage and just go out and ride for the joy of it this weekend. But at the same time, we will be giving it a good go and doing the best we can.

“I think it will be good because both of us are in good form. We have been scoring good points in Sweden, so I look forward to it.”

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