11/03/2012, 10:52

British star Chris Harris hopes a flying start to 2012 will help him land a World Championship medal as he prepares for the Ben Fund Bonanza at Birmingham this afternoon (5pm).

Bomber faces a huge test in his first meeting of the year when he meets SGP rivals Nicki Pedersen, Kenneth Bjerre, Bjarne Pedersen and Hans Andersen in the charity showpiece, which raises cash for the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund.

They will be joined by the likes of Elite League Riders champion Rory Schlein, Lee Richardson, Ben Barker, Niels-Kristian Iversen, Nicolai Klindt and Danny King.

With such an impressive field, Bomber should enjoy a superb warm-up for the FIM New Zealand SGP in Auckland on March 31.

And the Cornishman is determined to hit the ground running as he bids to launch an assault on the World Championship rostrum.

"It’s about getting a good start and keeping that run going. I know if I can do that, I can be fighting for a medal in the Grand Prix."

- Chris Harris

He said: “We always want to win big meetings and a win today puts a benchmark down, showing I mean business.

“It’s about getting a good start and keeping that run going. I know if I can do that, I can be fighting for a medal in the Grand Prix. If I finish on the podium, I’ll be very happy.

“I proved in 2010 that I could do it and I just need to do it from start to finish this time.”

Bomber is content with his machinery going into the new campaign after a 2011 season plagued by mechanical maladies, and he is determined to produce some more consistent scoring.

He said: “I’ve been out a few times at Coventry and I’ve building bikes. Everything is feeling good. We’ve done some testing and tried a few things. I’m pleased with how things are going.

“We finished well last year with the machinery and the boys are all raring to go.

“I’ve got to be more consistent and we’ll do that this year. I’m not sure why we haven’t done it in the past. It has been a number of things – getting the right setups and things like that. But me and the boys are all fighting for the same goal and that’s to win Grand Prix rounds.”

Bomber has never needed the Ben Fund’s financial support during his career, but he hopes fans from all over the UK will back the charity and see him in action at Perry Barr today.

He said: “It’s an exciting meeting and it’s all for a good cause. I’m glad the riders are supporting it and I hope the crowd will come out as well.”

BEN FUND BONANZA LINE-UP: Bjarne Pedersen, Danny King, Ben Barker (Birmingham), Ty Proctor, Lukasz Sowka, Nicolai Klindt (Wolverhampton), Hans Andersen (Swindon), Nicki Pedersen (Gdansk), Kenneth Bjerre (Peterborough), Adam Roynon (Dudley, Workington & Coventry), Rory Schlein, Adam Shields, Patrick Hougaard (Belle Vue), Lee Richardson (Lakeside), Niels Kristian Iversen (King’s Lynn), Andrew Tully (Edinburgh), Chris Harris, Ryan Fisher (Plymouth), Richard Hall (Sheffield).

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