BOMBER: EDDIE'S ENGINES NO BULL
Friday 22nd June 2012, 11:09
British star Chris Harris hopes some motors from top tuner Eddie Bull can help him maintain his push up the World Championship ladder in the FIM Gorzow SGP of Poland on Saturday.
Bomber raced a Bull-tuned engine to fourth spot in the FIM Dansk Metal Danish SGP in Copenhagen on June 9.
He left PARKEN Stadium with 10 points – his best result of 2012 – but Harris is still 13th in the World Championship on 27 points and 19 adrift of the top eight automatic qualification places.
The Cornishman has been in good form for British club Coventry and Swedish side Vastervik of late and hopes to build some momentum in the Grand Prix series.
And he hopes Bull, who has tuned engines for the likes of SGP legends Greg Hancock and Billy Hamill, can give him the pace to reach another final.
"He used to do Billy and Gregâ€™s engines years ago. He has had six world champions, so heâ€™s on the ball."
- Chris Harris
He said: “Copenhagen went really well. I was using my English stuff, which worked great.
“Eddie Bull did some engines for my English bikes. They’re going really well and I’m pleased with how Eddie has got them working. He used to do Billy and Greg’s engines years ago. He has had six world champions, so he’s on the ball.
“We’ll take the same engines to Gorzow that we used in Copenhagen. I spoke to Eddie and he said they will be fine there, so we’ll give it a go.”
Harris gained an unwanted reputation for struggling on the SGP series’ slicker tracks. But this wasn’t a problem in PARKEN.
He said: “Copenhagen was a slick track and I showed people I can cope with it well. People can stop saying I can’t ride slick tracks. If Gorzow has a bit more grip on it, we’ll definitely be up there.”
With seven rounds to race, Harris knows he still has over half a season to mount an assault on the World Championship’s top eight.
“I’ve still got the time to get in there,” he said. “Jarek is in eighth position and he’s out now. I’m catching the ones above me and I’m still confident I can get into the top eight.
“I just need to put a string of results together. The riders above us will have a couple of bad ones, so I’m still chasing.”
Harris could also book his spot in next season’s series with a top three place in the GP Challenge at Gorican on September 29.
To get there, he must finish in the first five in the qualification semi-final at Czech track Divisov on June 30. “I’ve signed to ride for Divisov in the Czech league, but I haven’t been able to do any meetings yet,” Harris said. “I’ll have to speak to them and see if I can get a practice.”
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