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HOLDER HOPEFUL FOR UK GREEN LIGHT

Aussie star Chris Holder insists he hopes to resume his UK career imminently as he prepares for tonight’s BOLL Warsaw SGP.

12 / 05 / 2018, 14:01

Aussie star Chris Holder insists he hopes to resume his UK career imminently as he prepares for tonight’s BOLL Warsaw SGP.

Holder heads to PGE Narodowy on the back of a very different start to the season, having missed the opening months of the SGB Premiership for the first time in his European career.

The Sydneysider is currently waiting for the green light to return to Poole while he overcomes some visa issues.

I have sorted a lot of things out in the winter with myself and all that other stuff. I feel good and I have put a lot of effort into this year.

Chris Holder

And he is hopeful of a resolution soon. Asked when he expected to return to the country where he lives during the season, he said: “I’m hoping any sort of day. It’s one of those things where the control is out of my hands. I’m just waiting and hopefully I’ll have an answer next week and I’ll be all good to go again.

“It has been frustrating. I know it’s frustrating for the fans, but it hasn’t been any different for me. It has been a battle.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the end of it really soon and then I can get back to doing what I have done for the last 10 or 11 years.

“I’m just sick of all the stuff that’s coming along and I’m looking forward to seeing the end of it so that I can get on with my life and get back to normal.”

Holder has still been grafting hard in Poland and Sweden, trying engines from a number of tuners as he seeks to regain top speed for 2018. The 2012 world champion is confident he can find a winning formula.

He said: “It has been a different start to the year with not racing in Britain at the moment. Everything is going pretty well, though. I’m not too worried right now – everything I have got is new.

“I’m just taking time to get everything how I want it and get that feeling with the bikes. I have had some really good races and some really average ones, where we have made some changes and it hasn’t worked at all.

“That has been the biggest thing – trying to find the sweet spot with these engines, getting everything working and knowing what to do at the right time. I’m confident for tonight.

“I have a bit of everything at the moment engine-wise. I have had Jan Andersson stuff in the past and it has been pretty decent, so I had a couple from him. Flemming Graversen has been pretty good the last couple of years, so a lot of the guys in the field are running his kit.

“I’m mixing it up a little and having a bit of everything. I’m just feeling out what’s out there and what seems to be working. I just have to find that one that works and look after it.

“I have sorted a lot of things out in the winter with myself and all that other stuff. I feel good and I have put a lot of effort into this year.

“I want to do well. I have just kind of laid low and gone about what I need to do. I know what to do and if I can do it properly and get on with all my stuff and the mechanics, it should work.”

Holder is expecting a lively contest in Warsaw tonight. He said: “There are normally action-packed races here because it’s such a nice track.

“The last couple of seasons, it has normally been one of the best GPs of the year, so no doubt it will be the same tonight and hopefully I can be in the mix and getting some points on the board.”

 

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