HOLDER'S SELECTION BATTLE
Australian boss Mark Lemon admits Chris Holder has no shortage of competition for his place in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations.
13 / 03 / 2018, 12:57
Australian team boss Mark Lemon admits Chris Holder has no shortage of competition for his place in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations.
The 2012 world champion and reigning world No.1 Jason Doyle are being tipped to form a powerful Aussie pair that would be among the favourites to win the brand new tournament.
I guess it’s all up for grabs as there are plenty of kids coming through and chipping at Chris’ ankles, desperately hungry for that place.
Australia battle it out with Great Britain, Sweden, Czech Republic, France, Italy and Finland in Race Off 2 at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester on June 5, with the top three joining hosts Poland in the two-day Final at Wroclaw’s Olympic Stadium on June 8 and 9.
After a turbulent 2017 for Holder, Lemon admits a host of the country’s rapidly rising young guns will be pushing the Poole icon for a place in the line-up.
He said: “I think Chris will be the first one to admit he’s not in the form we all know he’s capable of. He has been the backbone of the Australian team, but Jason has now emerged as the No.1.
“I guess it’s all up for grabs as there are plenty of kids coming through and chipping at Chris’ ankles, desperately hungry for that place.
“There’s a host of them – you have Brady Kurtz, Jack Holder, Max Fricke, Rohan Tungate, Josh Grajczonek, Nick Morris, Sam Masters, the list goes on. It’s going to be a tough decision for me, but it’s a good position to be in.
“I think you just have to go on form. That’s what I have always done as a manager and that won’t be any different this time around.”
Lemon admits Doyle’s dedication has set the standard for his compatriots to follow. He said: “Jason has shone through and he’s our leading light. He’s a great ambassador for us in the way he approaches his racing.
“It has really reflected on the young kids in Australia. They’re all out there, training hard and really focused. It has had a knock-on effect. Hopefully it has changed the way the Australians think.”