15/11/2016, 10:08

Great Britain star Chris Harris insists taking on small track holds no fears for him after being confirmed as Rye House’s second signing for 2017.

The Cornishman joins old rival Scott Nicholls at Hoddesdon as Rockets boast two of Britain’s finest for a year in which all Premiership and Championship clubs must track two home riders.

"I wanted a challenge and this will be a challenge – going from a big track like Coventry. I believe I can soon suss it out."

- Chris Harris

Harris is renowned for his all-action racing, but his critics have often questioned his starting skills. A fast clutch hand is vital on a tight and technical Rye House circuit and the former SGP star’s new home could take some adapting to.

That doesn’t faze Bomber, though, and he’s up for the challenge following his departure from the Coventry Bees.

He said: “I wanted a challenge and this will be a challenge – going from a big track like Coventry. I believe I can soon suss it out. I’ve had some good meetings there. I went there last year for a Pairs meeting and enjoyed it. These are exciting times.

“I’ve had some good races there. Another part of my decision to go there is that the starts are quite hard and not very grippy. That’s something I can learn to deal with and work on.”

Harris and Nicholls are set to be two of the Premiership’s top stars in a heavily watered-down top flight next year and Bomber can’t wait to join forces with a man he once endured a bitter rivalry with in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.

He said: “They announced Scott yesterday and working with him again is a good option. We’ve worked well together before and won leagues.

“We’ve had our ups and downs over the years, but that’s all behind us. We’ve all grown up and moved on and we’re both looking forward to working together. The team they’re putting together is great.”

Harris is now on the lookout for a club at Championship level as he seeks to double up. But he fears he could be left without a place on his 9.21 average.

He said: “Hopefully a few clubs will be in contact, but with the way the averages are, I’m not holding my breath that I’ll get a phone call.

“I did speak to one team in the Championship, but it was a Saturday club, and riding at Rye House closed the door on that.

“Hopefully somebody will call. If not, we’ll concentrate on Rye House and go from there. Things can always change at the start of the season through injuries and people not performing. I don’t wish anything bad on anybody, and I hope nobody needs to be replaced because of an injury.”


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