HOLDER SEEKING STARS STATEMENT
Aussie star Chris Holder says he’s in the process of obtaining a statement from British club King’s Lynn, guaranteeing his availability for Torun’s Polish Ekstraliga matches this year.
Under new Ekstraliga rules, every rider must supply documents from all their foreign clubs, confirming their Polish dates take priority if there is a fixture clash with one of their other teams.
Zielona Gora were waiting for statements from world No.5 Jason Doyle and Jacob Thorssell, but these have now reportedly been provided by Swindon and Wolverhampton respectively.
"I heard about this the other day and I am going through the process of sorting it out. So hopefully it all goes smoothly and everyone gives a little."
- Chris Holder
Rybnik are also said to be waiting on a guarantee from Wolves star Freddie Lindgren, while Holder is yet to send his to Torun. Failing to supply a statement could result in either rider being suspended from Ekstraliga meetings if they raced for their club in the UK.
But the Sydneysider, who only recently returned to Europe from his break Down Under, says he’s in contact with the Stars to secure the statement.
He said: “I heard about this the other day and I am going through the process of sorting it out. So hopefully it all goes smoothly and everyone gives a little.
“I don’t really know the total ins and outs of the whole thing. I just got a message the other day. I’m sure it will be sorted no problem. It just has to work for everybody, I guess.”
The decision to force riders to prioritise Ekstraliga meetings has proved controversial with foreign clubs and fans.
Under FIM International Speedway League Bureau rules, riders normally prioritise the meeting in their home country in the event of a clash, or race in the fixture entered into the diary first if they’re both foreign matches.
While Holder can understand tensions over the changes, he can also see why the Poles are keen to ensure their teams can track full starting line-ups.
He said: “Poland is where it’s biggest and the most money involved. They really put on a big show every Sunday and they really want the riders they have every week there.
“But Britain has their league too and the same with Sweden and Denmark. There are a few leagues and everyone needs to work with each other.”
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