STARTING AS HE MEANS TO GO ON
Aussie ace Chris Holder is keen to bring his Warsaw gating gloves to Prague next Saturday after a solid start to his SGP season.
20 / 05 / 2018, 12:30
Aussie ace Chris Holder is keen to bring his Warsaw trapping to Prague next Saturday after a solid start to his FIM Speedway Grand Prix season.
The Sydneysider has been battling a host of off-track distractions in recent months as he fights to resolve his UK visa issues.
But they didn’t slow him down at PGE Narodowy last weekend as he racked up a rock-solid 10 points in the opening SGP 2018 round. Now he’s keen to bring his scoring to the ANLAS Czech SGP in Prague.
If I can do something similar to Warsaw or a little bit better, that would be nice. I am looking forward to Prague.
Holder has reached the semi-finals at the Marketa Stadium four times, but is still waiting for his first final appearance in the Czech capital.
“I’ve been a bit hit and miss there, to be honest,” he said. “Starts are really important at that track. It’s quite a tricky track to make a lot of passes on.
“The bikes have to be working well like anywhere you go, but it’s quite flat, so starts are important. Mine were great in Warsaw, so I am looking forward to going to Prague. I like the track. It has just been a bit up and down for me there the last couple of years.
“If I can do something similar to Warsaw or a little bit better, that would be nice. I am looking forward to Prague.”
Holder has endured mixed fortunes in his opening meetings for Polish club Torun and Swedish side Lejonen. So he was pleased with a very steady showing in Warsaw, where he raced to three seconds, a win and a last place in his heats, before exiting at the semi stages after finishing third.
He said: “It was good. I was trying to get points from every race and the first couple were decent. I just needed to get a win because if when it comes to the gate draw in the semis, you need to have them. It was good to get that in the fourth one.
“It was going pretty well and in the semi, I made a really good start out of gate three, which surprised me a little bit. Anything can really happen in a semi-final and I got pushed a little bit wide on the first corner. Everyone came charging through, but I managed to pick up a point, which was good.
“You want to go to the final once you’re in the semi. But 10 points after all that in a field that was tough as, with Freddie (Lindgren) not having too crazy a lead on 16 points is all good. It’s a decent start to the series for sure. I’m in the top half of the field, so on to the next one.”