TIPS FOR THE TOP
Thursday 27th September 2012, 15:38
Australian hotshot Chris Holder hailed SGP legend Jason Crump after his compatriot called with a few words of wisdom ahead of the World Championship decider in Torun on October 6.
Holder leads the SGP standings on 145 points with triple world champion Nicki Pedersen right behind him on 143. Greg Hancock is third on 135 and could still defend the crown he won last year.
The Poole No.1 knows he has his work cut out to fend off two of the World Championship’s most seasoned stars and win speedway’s biggest prize for the first time.
So he has been grateful to receive some advice from three-time winner Crump, who retires from the Grand Prix series after the Torun round.
The 37-year-old made no secret of the fact he would love to see Holder take the SGP gold medal Down Under. And the Sydneysider paid tribute to his friend and mentor for being so generous with advice throughout his career.
"Ever since I started, Iâ€™ve always looked up to Crumpy. Heâ€™s the best rider in the history of Australian speedway â€“ the most successful guy."
- Chris Holder
He said: “Ever since I started, I’ve always looked up to Crumpy. He’s the best rider in the history of Australian speedway – the most successful guy.
“He has won the title three times before and been on the podium 10 times. When he talks, you listen to what he’s saying because he knows what’s going on.
“He has helped me out big time. He’s always there to talk to if you need any help and that’s really cool.
“He rang me yesterday morning actually and we talked about a few bits and pieces. He just said that he’s there if I need to ask him anything and stuff like that, which is good.
“He knows exactly what’s in store over the coming days and it’s really cool to hear that.
“Before he has always kept an eye on how I’m doing. If I was struggling or injured, he’d ring me up and see if I needed anything or wanted to speak to this guy or that guy. There isn’t much more I could have asked for. He has been pretty good to me.”
Holder says Crump helped him take his first steps in European racing and played a huge role in his progress to the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship semi-finals in 2005 – the year before made his club racing bow with the Isle of Wight Islanders.
He said: “Mick Poole and Crumpy organised some bikes and equipment for me to use in the lead up to the quarter final at Belle Vue. This was during his season as well, when he was racing for the World Championship and everything else.
“He helped me out with the bikes, engines, tools and a mechanic even – that was a massive eye-opener for me. I was pretty taken aback by it all and I couldn’t repay him enough. He helped me out big time there and everything in between then and now has always been good.”
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