HOME WIN FOR HOLDER?
Wednesday 26th September 2012, 10:08
World Championship frontrunner Chris Holder can’t wait to tackle title rival Nicki Pedersen in his Polish backyard Torun in what he admits will be “the biggest meeting of my life so far”.
The quadruple Australian champion leads the triple world champion by just two points going into the season-closing FIM Torun SGP of Poland on October 6.
Defending champion Greg Hancock is 10 adrift of Holder in third and could still retain his crown with an heroic performance at the Motoarena.
But Holder is pleased to have the edge after Pedersen stormed to a massive 20 points and second place in the FIM Dansk Metal Nordic SGP in Vojens on Saturday.
Given that Holder has never been in contention for the gold going into the last round before, even the laidback Poole and Piraterna star is likely to get a few jitters before the decider.
"Weâ€™ve been to Denmark â€“ Nickiâ€™s home ground. Now heâ€™s coming to Torun. The gating isnâ€™t so crucial there."
- Chris Holder
He said: “You get nervous. It’s a big meeting and it’s really important. It’s the biggest meeting of my life so far. But we’ve been to Denmark – Nicki’s home ground. Now he’s coming to Torun. The gating isn’t so crucial there. There will be a lot of passing going on and I’m happy with that.”
Pedersen climbed from third to second in the standings and narrowed the gap between him and the Sydneysider by nine points in his homeland.
But no SGP rider knows the Torun track better than Holder. He has raced his Polish Ekstraliga meetings there since 2008 and is determined to capitalise on his chance to enjoy home advantage.
He said: “I’ve raced there for four years and I’ll be going for the win for sure. I knew Nicki was going to be super strong in Vojens. This one was all about gating pretty much.
“He was gating well and it was quite hard to match that. But he didn’t overtake me, I’m still in front and Torun is a completely different track. I’ll be doing plenty of laps around there.”
The Torun track is normally prepared differently to how it would be for an Ekstraliga meeting. Some have claimed this will disadvantage Holder, but the 25-year-old is ready for that.
He said: “It will be a little bit different to normal. It’s probably a little bit slicker than for a league meeting.
“But it’s still the same sort of lines and I’m quite happy to be going there still in front.”
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