CHRIS SEEKS COMEBACK TRAIL
Aussie ace Chris Holder admitted “I need to take a long, hard look at myself” as he strives to get back to his title-winning form.
02 / 11 / 2015, 12:28
Aussie ace Chris Holder admitted “I need to take a long, hard look at myself” as he strives to get back to the stellar form that saw him crowned world champion three years ago.
The Sydneysider was gutted to end his season with just two points in the DON Smallgoods Australian SGP on October 23 as Danish star Peter Kildemand came within three points of booting him out of the top eight.
Holder has endured a difficult year as he bids to overcome the plague of injuries which have afflicted him over the last three seasons. There’s no doubt best friend Darcy Ward’s serious spinal injuries have also taken their toll on his racing.
I can do it every now and then, but I’m not consistent enough. I know I can beat the guys at the top. I just need to get my head down and really go for it.
The 28-year-old is delighted to be taking a break from racing this winter. He will not be in action Down Under, aside from competing in Darcy Ward’s Benefit meeting at Gillman on Saturday and the Ashley Jones Memorial at Albury on November 21.
Once he has recharged his batteries, Holder admits he has plenty of work to do to regain his best form.
He said: “I need to take a long, hard look at myself, what I’m doing and where I have slipped away a bit. Three years ago, I was No.1.
“I really need to sort that out. I know I can. I can do it every now and then, but I’m not consistent enough. I know I can beat the guys at the top. I just need to get my head down and really go for it.
“I wanted to get through the whole year without an injury and then get through the latter part of the season with everything that has been going on. I wanted to hurry up and finish the year, but I wanted to finish better than this.”
Holder was dejected to end his 2015 World Championship campaign with his worst ever SGP performance in Melbourne. It was one that left his thousands of fans at Etihad Stadium baffled, and Holder was also shocked to manage just two third places.
But he was delighted to enjoy a huge slice of fortune when Tai Woffinden slipped off in semi-final two, causing the race to be halted with Kildemand leading. The Dane was unable to repeat his lightening start in the re-run and finished third, ending his brave bid for the top eight.
Holder said: “Sometimes you need a bit of luck and it worked in my favour. I didn’t have much of a night, getting just two points. So for someone to help me out in the end meant it all evened out. I’m happy to be in the top eight, but I’m disappointed.
“I had a pretty decent lead for eighth place coming into the meeting. But I wanted to do a lot better than I did. I couldn’t put a finger on what was going on. Everything felt okay. But I just wasn’t fast and I kept getting in the wrong position in the first corner and getting hung out.
“I changed bikes. I tried everything; I wasn’t just sitting there. But it wasn’t happening. Sometimes when it’s not your night, the harder you try, the worse you go. That seemed to be the way it was.
“It was a fast track, so you had to be in the race from the get-go. I couldn’t get into any races for some reason. I was there battling, but it wasn’t enough.
“I’ve just got to suck it up and scrap this one. I’m in the top eight, which is great. I’ll move on and start again next year.”