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Chris Holder: The need for speed

Author: Erin Lamor

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Birthdays for some are about as useful as watching a fly buzz around a flat and hard skinned cane toad on a sunny Gold Coast street. But for Chris Holder I would suspect, at the youthful age of just 24, they still hold much importance.

As the sun beat down and baked a moistureless track in Croatia on the weekend, Chris arrived at the stadium with his usual enthusiasm and drive to be the best. With just two rounds to go and his sights set on a top eight automatic birth into next years series, Chris took to the Croatian track as any other. His skill, confidence and that now trademark larrikin Aussie boy swagger.

With the sad news of great bloke Gary Moons passing, just prior to heading to Croatia, Chris would have more on his mind than his birthday. Speedway in all forms is a close family. Any loss is felt throughout the sporting community and I'm sure all our prayers go out to the Moon family.

Chris was really pumped to do well on the weekend. His smooth style and safe but tactical riding skills were in check. His mood was good. One thing was lacking this weekend, speed.

It's a funny thing sport. Some guys can arrive late and miss practice and manage to dial in a setting that puts them well ahead, for others, sticking to their normal routines its not always the case. Sport in general is a real pain in situations like these. But if it was that easy I would promptly ditch the MacBook Pro for a solo bike tomorrow!

Chris was as bewildered as I've seen him. When interviewed he said: "It's very frustrating tonight, I just cant get the results I know I'm capable of here. I have no words right now, I've changed bikes but I just can't get any speed".

The night started well with his first heat yielding a strong two points. Even though it was not one of his best starts and with little to no grip out wide in and out of turn one, he pushed through and rode well in the end.

Heat 2 produced a great ride for Chris, he looked much quicker and the 2 points were well earned as he held off a charge from AJ.

Heat eleven and Chris would ideally like a win here to put him just a few points outside a semi final appearance, and to avoid any more countback issues of the past.

The track is starting to settle down, but there are still some issues for some of the riders, CH being one of them. Unfortunately for Chris, a single point is all he can muster from heat eleven and he know faces an up hill battle to make the semi final. It would appear the bike doesnt have the speed at this stage and changes may need to be considered in order to give him a fighting chance for the rest of the meeting with two heats remaining.

With heat sixteen comes the added test with Tomasz Gollob and Emil Sayfutdinov to contend with. Again Chris is a little sluggish off the start, its just not going to plan for the birthday boy right now and if you give the top guys a second or so off the line, its always going to be a tough fight back from there. One thing for sure, Chris is capable, more than capable. He is tenacious and always gives 110%. A trait many should aspire to.

"I'm riding my butt off tonight but just cant seem to get my setup. I really needed to win heat 16 but couldn't." I've changed bikes and still nothing is working right". said Chris.

Unfortunately for CH, its another 3rd place which takes him to 5 points after four rides. Now a win in his final heat becomes essential. This won't guarantee him a spot in the semi finals. The Australian is just off the pace tonight.

Chris continues. "I need to win heat 18 without question and have some luck".

Heat eighteen rolls around, its a must win for CH. He does really well, proving is metal via a great battle with fellow Australian Jason Crump. He was so close to a win there. And it would have been enough to get him through to the next stage. A really tough fought second place. Chris looked like he was back to his best for a large percentage of that race. Unfortunately for Chris his misses out on the semi finals in Croatia.

It must be said that CH proved his class in that race, when the chips were down. He drew a line in the shale and was determined. At one point he was relegated to third, so a hard fought second really showed a sound temperament. Not the best birthday present for the Aussie. Vision shows via the commentary in the pits he is really dissapointed.

Wearing a black arm bad in a mark of respect for fallen speedway sidecar legend Gary Moon, Chris adds: "It's a tragic loss in Gary Moon, we found out yesterday and I hope they all look after each other back home, its a tight community, I am thinking of them all in Australia". I tried to do it for you mate, but just couldn't get it right tonight".

With a 14 hour drive to Poland to ride for Torun, Chris has time to think about what went wrong. But he wont dwell on it for too long. There is still one more round to go to finish the GP season. I am confident CH will bounce back and prove to himself Croatia was a mere blip on a blossoming career in world speedway.

Once again our thoughts go out the Moon family, we wish you all well at this difficult time.

A big thanks to Forkrent, Ntex, Forefield, Draper Tools, Wessex Marine, Stuha, Hagon Shocks, Castrol, KW Products, JG Sport, Unibax, Suomy, Unifilter and Rampant Clothing.

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