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HARRIS: I'M NOT FINISHED IN SGP SERIES

Great Britain racer Chris Harris insists he’s ready to defy his doubters and finances and make an FIM Speedway Grand Prix comeback in 2018.

01 Nov 2016, 10:00

Great Britain racer Chris Harris insists he’s ready to defy his doubters and finances and make an FIM Speedway Grand Prix comeback in 2018.

Bomber dropped out of the series after finishing 15th in the World Championship on 40 points – 51 points short of automatic qualification. He was also eliminated from the qualifying rounds in the quarter final at Slangerup.

Maybe a year out might do me good, but I definitely want to get back in. I know that’ll annoy people, but hopefully Rosco will let me do the qualifiers next year.

Chris Harris

The Cornishman has endured more than his fair share of critics for refusing to give up on his World Championship ambitions. But they won’t stop the GP Challenge specialist coming back for another crack at qualification in 2017 if he’s selected by GB boss Alun Rossiter.

Harris said: “Maybe a year out might do me good, but I definitely want to get back in. I know that’ll annoy people, but hopefully Rosco will let me do the qualifiers next year and I’ll be better prepared for them.

“I feel we’ve got something working with the engines and bikes that I’m quite happy with and that we can go forward with. We’ll just need to go on a good diet, lose a few kilos and I’ll be alright.

“It was a shame I failed at the first hurdle this year, but I had a few problems in Denmark. There are no excuses; we weren’t good enough, so I’ll have a word with Rosco and twist his arm to put me in for next year.

“I know there are a lot of youngsters coming through and you have to give them the experience. But I don’t feel sending them out in these meetings gives them experience. I think they should be doing test matches in Poland for youngsters to get the experience.”

Harris concedes competing with the best riders in the world isn’t a cheap exercise and admits this hasn’t helped his cause. But he said: “I don’t do it for money. I do it because I want to be the best.

“When you’re up against riders with good sponsors, though, it’s tough. I can’t thank the ones I have enough – they’re loyal and have been with me a long time. But I don’t have the main sponsor who can come in and give me £20,000 to £50,000, which some of the other riders are getting.

“It’s hard, but I’ll keep motivated. I have good people and family behind me. My partner Emma-Louise knows what I am capable of doing and keeps pushing me.”

 

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