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RIDER REVIEW: CHRIS HARRIS

We begin our SGP Rider Review series with Great Britain racer Chris Harris.

08 Nov 2016, 19:55

The #SGPRiderReview series throws the spotlight on each of the 2016 FIM Speedway Grand Prix riders and how they fared last season.

We begin the series with a man who has missed just one SGP season since debuting in 2007 – Great Britain racer Chris Harris.

Bomber’s passion for chasing the World Championship saw him fight his way through a third straight GP Challenge in Rybnik last year to earn his SGP spot for 2016.

It’s fair to say the year didn’t go to plan for the Cornishman, who finished 15th overall on 40 points – 51 short of the top-eight finish needed to gain automatic qualification for the 2017 series.

But Harris didn’t end the season empty-handed and offered a reminder of the class that took him to 2007 British SGP gold and sixth place in the 2010 World Championship.

The Coventry Bees legend raced to third spot in the Czech SGP at Prague’s Marketa Stadium on June 25, seeing off Niels-Kristian Iversen for the last spot on the rostrum, while Jason Doyle won the final ahead of Greg Hancock.

It was Harris’ first final appearance since he finished fourth in the 2012 Danish SGP at PARKEN in Copenhagen and his first time on the podium since he finished second to Andreas Jonsson in the 2011 Croatian SGP at Gorican.

Harris’ Czech charge was his sole appearance in an SGP semi-final all season and it was the scene of his sole race win in the series this year.

But Bomber refuses to surrender his dreams of becoming the best in the world and is already targeting a qualification quest in 2017.

 

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VIDEO: A WORD WITH THE CHAMPS

We caught up with SGP world champs Greg Hancock, Nicki Pedersen, Tai Woffinden and Chris Holder ahead of Saturday's AZTORIN Slovenian SGP.

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TOP THREE IN HEAT NINE

2016 FIM Speedway Grand Prix top three Greg Hancock, Tai Woffinden and Bartosz Zmarzlik resume rivalries in AZTORIN Slovenian SGP heat nine.

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KRSKO PRACTICE CANCELLED

Following a decision by the FIM Jury, practice for the 2017 AZTORIN Slovenian SGP in Krsko this afternoon has been cancelled due to rain.

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SGP 2017 KICKS OFF IN KRSKO

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CHAMPION COMEBACK FOR EMIL?

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WOFFY SET FOR SLOVENIA

Double world champion Tai Woffinden is aiming to keep his Slovenian love affair going this Saturday.

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HANCOCK EXPECTS SGP TITLE FIGHT

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