GETTING OVER AUCKLAND
Grand Prix star Chris Holder was relieved to get his Kiwi blues out of his system after starring for Poole in their Good Friday double header against deadly rivals Coventry.
Holder scored just four points in the FIM Buckley Systems New Zealand SGP in Auckland last Saturday after enduring a sleepless Friday night, as girlfriend Sealy gave birth to their son Max in the UK.
It looked as if a draining week had taken its toll on the Sydneysider. He failed to score in his opening two rides in the lunchtime fixture at Brandon.
But Holder staged a superb comeback to get eight paid nine from his final three rides, as Pirates triumphed 49-44. He then buried the Bees with a 15-point maximum at Wimborne Road in the evening encounter, which Poole won 52-38.
The 24-year-old admits his early struggles were down to the rider and not the bikes, so he was pleased to get back on form and overcome his Western Springs woes.
"I had a bad meeting in New Zealand and it was on my mind â€“ I was still pretty annoyed from that."
- Chris Holder
He said: “The first two races in the morning weren’t the best and had me scratching my head a bit, thinking ‘what’s going on?’ But I worked it out in the end, changed bikes and turned my morning around.
“I went to Poole hoping to start off where I left off at Coventry and from heat one I felt good. It was a great night for me and the team was awesome.
“I had a bad meeting in New Zealand and it was on my mind – I was still pretty annoyed from that. That was probably the biggest thing.
"I wanted to have a good meeting to get it out of my system and when I had two bad races up there, I was thinking ‘oh no, what’s going on?’
“But it was fine. My mechanic helped me out big time and we sorted the bikes out. The bike I rode in the evening was the one I started on at Coventry when I had two lasts, so it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it wasn’t the bike.”
Pirates were 10 points down after nine races at Coventry, but the imperious Darcy Ward, who claimed an 18-point full house in that meeting, joined forces with Swedish starlet Dennis Andersson for a game-changing 8-1 in race 10.
Ward dropped just one point to SGP regular Chris Harris at Poole and Holder was quick to pay tribute to his Turbo Twin for spearheading the Pirates charge.
He said: “We had a shaky start up there and when I’m getting no points, I suppose the boys look at that and think ‘come on. Why is our No.1 getting nothing?’
“But Darcy was awesome. Having him at No.3 or No.4 is a big thing for us. He is riding with Dennis, who is a good rider and he can team ride absolutely perfectly.
“It’s great having Darcy there. Adrian Miedzinski does his job at No.5 and I do mine at No.1. Having Darcy holding the team together is perfect.”
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