HOLDER'S MELBOURNE MAGIC
Former world champion Chris Holder is still buzzing about his magical Melbourne victory and admitted “I’ve watched it probably about a thousand times and I still get all excited.”
The Sydneysider had gone over four years without an SGP win, but produced one of the performances of his life in front of a partisan Etihad Stadium crowd to win the QBE Insurance Australian SGP last October.
Holder is the first Aussie to win a home event, taking to the top of the podium with a deafening roar from the Melbourne fans.
"I’ve watched it probably about a thousand times and I still get all excited. That feeling is something that will live with me for a long time."
- Chris Holder
It sealed him fourth place in the World Championship and put him two points short of the bronze medal.
And Holder is determined to take that momentum into 2017, starting at the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP in Krsko on April 29.
He said: “My Melbourne win came at a pretty good time at the end of last year. I needed something to kick me up the backside and get me motivated again. That was awesome.
“To win any GP is great, but to win your home Grand Prix in front of all your friends and family and a lot of Australian fans … it couldn’t have gone any better. I’ve watched it probably about a thousand times and I still get all excited. That feeling is something that will live with me for a long time.
“Coming off the back of that with everything that has been going on, it gives me some hope that I can start off the year back on form and going well. Hopefully I can start this season with a good run in Slovenia. It was definitely good to go into the winter with Melbourne in the back of my mind.”
Holder reached seven finals and nine semis last year, with only dips in Prague and Cardiff, where he managed five and six points respectively, denying him a title challenge.
“The whole season went great last year,” he said. “It started off awesome. I made the first few finals and had a good chance of winning one or two of them, but I just didn’t get there. I had a dodgy time around Prague and Cardiff and only got 11 points out of those two rounds, which killed me in the long run.
“Overall, it was a good season. I had a lot of things going on at the end and that sucked. Going to Melbourne, I probably just rode really angry and it worked! Maybe I should start this year like that and make it work for me again?!
“If I just do my job right, I’m good enough to be up there. I know that. If I can kick off the season with a really good GP, it’ll set me up for the next few. That’s the plan.”
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