HARRIS REJUVENATED BY PIRATE GLORY
Poole ace Chris Harris admits his SGB Premiership title triumph with the Pirates has reignited his desire to race for international honours.
11 / 10 / 2018, 12:42
Poole racer Chris Harris admits his SGB Premiership title triumph with the Pirates has reignited his desire to race for international honours.
The Dorset side went down 51-39 in the Grand Final, second leg at King’s Lynn on Wednesday night, but triumphed 92-88 on aggregate for their first title success since 2015.
Harris played a pivotal role in the win, rejuvenating a flagging side mid-season. His heroic, heat-15 ride against against Somerset icon Jason Doyle in the semi-final went viral on social media as Bomber rolled back the years in style.
I got the hunger back when I came down to Poole. I felt wanted and I still have that desire to race as long as I can at the highest level I can.
And despite rarely racing outside the UK this season, the 35-year-old admits a stellar run with the Pirates has given him the desire to mount another bid for FIM Speedway Grand Prix and Speedway European Championship qualification.
He said: “I got the hunger back when I came down to Poole. I felt wanted and I still have that desire to race as long as I can at the highest level I can. I would like to do the SGP qualifiers next year and maybe the Europeans. I feel I have the right people around me at the moment to move that step forward.”
Harris last lifted the SGB Premiership trophy in 2010, when Coventry stunned Poole at Wimborne Road in the Grand Final. Harris was inspirational for Bees that night, and admits he owed Pirates a title after inflicting one of the club’s most painful losses of the 21st century.
Harris, who scored five paid seven last night, said: “I said I owed them one when I signed here and I have done what Middlo told me to do.
“We knew it was going to be hard. I didn’t have the best of nights myself, but the team did well and we just did the business. We knew we just needed to keep that lead and it was a great feeling.
“It was a team effort – that’s what wins titles. The lads rode well over the two legs – and over the season really.”
Sidelined King’s Lynn racer Niels-Kristian Iversen was gutted he couldn’t play his part for the Stars as he recovers from a concussion sustained in Tomasz Gollob’s benefit meeting at Bydgoszcz on Sunday.
While he admits he felt fine on the night, NKI admits he reluctantly had to be cautious after taking a blow to the head.
He said: “My body is alright, but you need to have a bit of respect when you knock your head. I don’t want to make anything worse for myself than it is now. Sometimes it’s a cruel part of the sport when you get injured. We lost Michael Palm Toft as well and missed him badly.”
Although Iversen admits luck deserted the Stars, he was in no mood for excuses. He said: “If things go against you, you’re not going to win. You need a little bit of luck to be able to win titles. When you don’t have the luck, somebody else is going to win it.
“But you can always find things to blame and pick points here and there. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really count. The result is as it stands and we just didn’t manage to win it. Poole did brilliantly to do it and what can you say? It sucks, but life goes on.”