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JACK WINS OCEANIA CROWN

Jack Holder won the first FIM Oceania Championship at Gillman – a meeting Aussie boss Mark Lemon hopes may one day offer SGP qualification.

23 / 11 / 2019, 12:45

Aussie star Jack Holder has won the inaugural FIM Oceania Championship at Gillman – a meeting national boss Mark Lemon hopes may one day offer a route into the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.

Holder dropped just one point across seven rides on Saturday as he topped the podium ahead of Aussie Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey, British racer Dan Bewley and Aussie junior international Jordan Stewart.

The Torun rider scored 14 points during his five heats to head the scorechart, before triumphing in his semi ahead of Lidsey, Ben Cook and British champion Charles Wright.

We have established the championship. Hopefully we can grow it and hopefully it can one day be held in as high esteem as the Speedway European Championship.

Mark Lemon

Bewley won the second semi, seeing off Stewart, Justin Sedgmen and Robert Medson.

With the Speedway European Championship winner now guaranteed a spot in the following year’s SGP World Championship, Lemon hopes the new championship can grow to offer riders from Australia and New Zealand another route into the SGP series.

He said: “If it’s a process of growing the sport and getting other continents to have valued competitions that the riders can qualify through, then great.

“My belief is the FIM is trying to grow the sport. If that is the case and we can get the Oceania meeting up and running, recognised by the FIM and one day make that a qualifying place, it would be a fantastic result for us.

“We have established the championship. Hopefully we can grow it and hopefully it can one day be held in as high esteem as the Speedway European Championship. Maybe we could look at kick-starting the Overseas Final and joining forces with North America.”

The FIM American Final takes place at Californian track Perris on December 7, with the USA’s places in the SGP qualifiers up for grabs. Australia’s SGP spots are traditionally allocated to the top riders in January’s Australian Championship series.

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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