2016 FIM Under 21 Speedway World Champion
Born on 29 March 1996, Victoria, Australia
FRICKE SHOWES MAX-IMUM POTENTIAL
Max Fricke became the latest in a long line of Australian FIM Under 21 Speedway World Champions, joining the likes of Jason Crump, Darcy Ward and Leigh Adams, when he topped the field in Gdansk in October. The three-time Australian Under 21 Champion upgraded to a world title after setting the fastest time of the meeting and taking sixteen points from the final round, ending the series with a clear margin of six points over silver medallist Krystian Pieszczek and third-placed Robert Lambert.
It was a joyous end to a season that started with a bruising visit to Kings Lynn in June and a disappointing result for Fricke, who finished eight points behind the leader and fifth in the championship after a spectacular crash in Heat 9. Third place in Pardubice saw the 20-year-old move to joint top alongside Lambert but Pieszczek was only one point behind, setting the scene for a nail-biting finale in Poland. With Lambert let down by some poor starts and Pieszczek disqualified for a rash challenge on Dmitri Berge, a delighted Fricke held his nerve to take the first FIM Gold medal of his career.
World title - 2016