Following on from the misfortune of a big crash at Brands Hatch which ended the weekend, Filip Backlund is looking to make amends this weekend at Cadwell Park.
After stuffing himself with meatballs in celebration of ‘The day of the Swedish meatball’ on the 23rd August, the Quattro Plant Cool-Milk Kawasaki rider has been training meticulously to make this round the best of the season as a host of fans and family come over to spectate at the party in the park. “Obviously I’ve had to enjoy my countries national dish to help prepare me for the races this weekend. I hope this ‘special diet’ works! It’s also a special race weekend as my father Jan will be attending along with 17 fans and friends from Sweden. They will join my girlfriend Lindha and my cat Felicia at the race. You will see many Swedish flags at Cadwell Park this weekend!”
Filip said. “I’ve been getting more and more excited for the weekend after the break. Fitness-wise after the crash, my physio has been doing a great job to prepare me for the weekend. Cadwell Park is a brilliant place in so many ways and so different to any other track. A little like Brands Hatch, when I first went there I was like: ‘Oh my God, are we going to race here?’”
With his home and British-based fans to please this weekend – as well as enjoying the Swedish superfood on the run-up to the event – only points finishes will do for the 26-year-old. He says: “My game-plan will be to develop my pace over the weekend. I’ve been working hard on my preparation and attitude on the run-up to Cadwell so I really want to repay the team and my fans with some good points finishes”
Cadwell Park schedule of events – MCE British Superbike Championship Saturday 27th August: Free Practice 1 at 10:20, Practice 2 at 15:00. Sunday 28th August: Free Practice 3 at 10:20, Qualifying at 16:07. Monday 29th August: Warm up at 09:10, Race 1 at 12:50, Race 2 at 16:50