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HOLDER'S FEARS FOR AUSSIE SEASON

Former world champion Chris Holder admits his off-track issues could put the brakes on his plans to race in Australia this winter.

13 / 09 / 2018, 11:08

Former world champion Chris Holder admits his off-track issues could put the brakes on his plans to race in Australia this winter.

The Sydneysider has endured a difficult 2018 off the track after visa issues prevented him from returning the British club Poole this year, while he’s also battling to see more of six-year-old son Max.

These problems haven’t helped his on-track performances and Holder is currently 12th in the World Championship on 53 points – 17 short of the top-eight automatic qualification places with two rounds to race.

I want to do some racing in Australia. It just depends on the other stuff I’ve got going on and if I can get out of the UK.

Chris Holder

With Holder facing a fight to earn his spot in SGP 2019, unless he receives a permanent wild card, racing in January’s Australian Championship offers the 31-year-old the chance to earn a place in next year’s SGP qualifiers.

But the Torun and Lejonen man admits he might not be able to head home unless his protracted personal battles have been resolved.

He said: “I want to do some racing in Australia. It just depends on the other stuff I’ve got going on and if I can get out of the UK.

“My whole thing for this year was to come back and sort it. I came back last November and then round two of the whole same thing started.

“All year I have been battling the same thing and sort of getting somewhere, but I’m going forwards and backwards. It has been all over the place.

“I want to be riding – 100 percent. I want to get things back to how they were. I can’t say too much at the minute because I don’t know what I am allowed to do. I have to wait and see.”

Holder admits the delays in resolving his off-track problems have left him hugely frustrated.

He said: “It’s ridiculous what’s going on. The amount of times I’ve heard ‘next week you’ll have some news’ and it just never happens. I’ve never been to court so many times in my life! It gets adjourned and all the rest of it and drags on.

“It’s so frustrating because if I could change it, I would. But I can’t. There is nothing I can do. I just have to see it through to the end and hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.

“We’re coming to the end of it, I guess, but you never know with these things – it changes all the time.

“It can consume your life really. I’m trying to race while I’m stuck dealing with all this other stuff.

“Once that’s done, I can get back to my life – move on and start again. My whole plan for this year was to do exactly that. I had no idea this was coming when I got back.

“It hasn’t been great and it has been like Groundhog Day – exactly the same thing. I wish there was an easy way to get out of it. I have to just run it through and once it’s done, I’ll have no ties. That’s what I’m chasing.”

Business on the shale picked up for Holder last Saturday as he scored a joint-season-best 10 points at the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP in Krsko. He was delighted to see a new motor deliver the goods.

He said: “We would have liked to have a little practice on the Friday because we had two new engines to try out. It was a bit of a lottery on Saturday. We just hoped it was going to be better, and it was.

“The bike was good all night. Normally when we change some stuff, it goes backwards big time. But when we changed things, it was improving. We just need to do a few more laps to be 100 percent confident what to change at what time.

“But we have been chopping and changing all year and not really getting anywhere. Now it is working. I’m not going to stay it was a great night, but it was more positive than it has been. I know it’s super late, but it was definitely a move in the right direction.”

Holder insists there’s no pressure on him for the final two rounds with his qualification chances slim.

He said: “We’ll just go to the last two and have a bit of fun. I’m not worried about points. I know the top eight is a long shot. But I want to finish off well and see what happens. Obviously everybody wants to be in this series and I’d love to be in it.

“It hasn’t been a great year. That’s just the way it goes.  I’ll just try and finish off the year with some good results and then see where I end up. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”

 

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