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HOLDER'S RECOVERY PICKS UP PACE

Former world champ Chris Holder has stepped up his rehabilitation from injury after being handed an FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card.

23 / 10 / 2013, 12:04

Former world champ Chris Holder has stepped up his rehabilitation from injury after being handed an FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card.

The Sydneysider’s season came to a painful end at Coventry on July 5, when he suffered a fractured and dislocated hip, broken pelvis and shoulder and a shattered heel.

This left him unable to compete in the final five World Championship rounds and he ended the season 12th in the table on 82 points.

But Holder kept his chin up. He worked hard to regain his mobility after spending two months in a wheelchair and is now walking without the aid of crutches. He admits he is some way off race fitness, but is pleased with his progress and can’t wait for his track return.

I’m way off race-fit. I’m still a couple of months off that. But I’m allowed to proper things like weights to get fit and strong again. It’s a relief to hear that to be honest.

Chris Holder

He said: “I’m looking okay. I had the CT scan on October 14 and that was just to see that everything is going in the right direction. It is and it’s just the hip that has a little bit of work to do.

“But the foot, shoulder and pelvis are all good. Now I can start pushing it and doing some proper rehab, so that’s a good thing.

“I’m way off race-fit. I’m still a couple of months off that. But I’m allowed to do proper things like weights to get fit and strong again. It’s a relief to hear that to be honest.

“I’m looking forward to the whole thing next year. I just need to see what’s happening with Britain and then I can plan a bit more. But everything else is in place. I just need to get my body back to normal and I am ready to go.”

Holder wouldn’t rule out making his competitive comeback in the Australian Championship, which gets underway at New South Wales venue Kurri Kurri on January 4, before moving on to Undera in Victoria (January 8) and Adelaide track Gillman (January 11).

But the Poole-based rider won’t commit to chasing a fifth national title until he is sure his body is ready to race.

He said: “It’s too early to say. I’ve never been in this position and I’ve never been this badly injured. I’m just playing it day by day and week by week. If I was fit and felt really good, for sure I’d do the Aussie title. I just want to be back in Aussie in the next month or so getting fit and doing some riding over Christmas and the New Year. So we’ll see what happens.”

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