Chris Holder

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Chris Holder
Chris Holder.jpg
Born (1987-09-24) 24 September 1987 (age 28)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nickname Noddy
Nationality  Australia
Website www.chrisholder23.com
Current club information
British league Poole Pirates
Polish league KS Toruń
Swedish league Piraterna Motala
Career history
Great Britain
2006–2007 Isle of Wight Islanders
2008–2013, 2015 Poole Pirates
Poland
2007 WTS Wrocław
2008– KS Toruń
Sweden
2007– Piraterna
Individual honours
2012 World Champion
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Australian Under-21 Champion
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 NSW State Champion
2005, 2006 Australian Long Track Champion
2006, 2007 Welsh Open Champion
2007 Pride of the East winner
2008 WA State Champion
2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 Australian Champion
2010, 2012 British Grand Prix Champion
2011 Swedish Grand Prix Champion
2012 European Grand Prix Champion
2014 Golden Helmet of Pardubice (CZE)
Team honours
2008 Polish Ekstraliga Champion
2008, 2011 Elite League Champion
2009 Elite League Pairs Champion
2008, 2009 Swedish Elitserien Champion
2007 Premier League Pairs Winner
2007 Premier League Fours Champion
2007 Swedish Allsvenskan Champion

Christopher Robert "Chris" Holder (born 24 September 1987 in Sydney, New South Wales)[1] is an Australian speedway rider currently riding for Piraterna Motala in the Swedish Elitserien and for Unibax Toruń in the Polish Speedway Ekstraliga. He became the Australian Individual Speedway Champion in 2008 and followed up with wins in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 (he was runner up in 2009) as well as winning the Australian Under-21 Championship in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He finished as runner-up in the Under-21 World Championship in 2007 and 2008. He is 2012 World Speedway Champion. His brother, James, also rode in the UK with the Plymouth Devils in the Premier League.

Career[edit]

Chris Holder started racing in the UK with the Isle of Wight Islanders in 2006. In 2007 he rode for Atlas Wrocław in the Polish Speedway Ekstraliga. Holder won the Swedish Allsvenskan in 2007 and the Elitserien in 2008 and 2009 with Lejonen. In 2008, Holder signed for KS Toruń in Polish Ekstraliga and won the league championship.

In October 2007, the Poole Pirates announced that Holder would ride for them in 2008 in the Elite League.[2] Holder won the Elite League Championship, and became a league winner with all three of his domestic teams in 2008.

Holder finished second in the 2007 Junior World Championship and was also selected to ride in the Australian team for the 2007 Speedway World Cup, finishing in 3rd place. Holder again represented Australian in the 2008 Speedway World Cup.

Holder won the Australian Championship in 2008, winning all five rounds with a record maximum 100 points.[3] He has won the Australian Under 21 Championship for four consecutive years (2005–2008), equalling a record set by Leigh Adams.[4] In October 2008, Holder finished runner-up in the Junior World Championship for the second year in succession to Emil Saifutdinov.

After Lejonen Gislaveds relegation from Swedish Elite League Chris has changed club to Swedish champions Piraterna Motala.

Chris Holder is the reigning Australian Individual Speedway Champion having won his 5th title held over three rounds in January 2014. He won the title in his comeback from injuries suffered during the 2013 Speedway Grand Prix series.

In 2010 and 2012, Holder won the British Speedway Grand Prix at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

On 7 October 2012 Holder became Speedway World Champion, joining Lionel Van Praag (1936), Bluey Wilkinson (1938), Jack Young (1951, 1952), and Jason Crump (2004, 2006, 2009) as Australians who have won speedways ultimate individual prize.

Holder is the current captain of the Australian team that finished third in the 2014 Speedway World Cup Final in Poland.

After initially considering giving the 2015 Australian Championship to be held in early January a miss in order to get himself fit for the 2015 Speedway Grand Prix season, Holder decided to defend his title. Bike problems in the first round at the Gillman Speedway in Adelaide saw him only finish 7th on points with 8 and only just gain a place in the "B" Final where he finished 3rd. Things improved considerably in the second round at Olympic Park in Mildura for round 2 where he finished equal second on points before finishing second in the "A" Final to World Cup team mate and championship leader Jason Doyle. That was where his title defence ended though as a crash in practice for the third round at the Undera Park Speedway saw him hospitalised with a suspected broken wrist. However it later emerged that Holder had not broken his wrist but had dislocated it and bent a plate previously inserted requiring him to have further surgery to replace the plate and relocate his wrist.[5]

By his own standards, the 2012 World Champion had a down on par SGP season in 2015, with his best finish being 2nd at the British SGP. After a poor showing at the Australian SGP in Melbourne where he only scored 2 points from his 5 rides, he ultimately finished 8th in the series just grabbing the last automatic qualifying spot for 2016 by 3 points from Danish rider Peter Kildemand.[6] Following the SGP season, Holder announced that he would not be contesting the Australian season in an effort to get himself right for 2016, planning on racing only two meetings at home over the summer.[7] In a return to form, Holder won the Solo Final at the Darcy Ward Benefit Meeting held at the Gillman Speedway on 7 November just two weeks after the Australian GP, leading home fellow Aussie SGP rider Troy Batchelor and surprising young German Kai Huckenback.[8] On the night Holder also swapped two wheels for three and did 4 quick laps on the back of Mark Plaisted's 1000cc sidecar.[9]

World final appearances[edit]

Speedway World Cup[edit]

Individual U-21 World Championship[edit]

U-21 Speedway World Cup[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
2010 8th 96 Winner Won British Grand Prix
2011 8th 101 Winner Won Swedish Grand Prix
2012 1st 160 Winner (twice) Won European and British Grand Prix
2013 12th 82 Second (twice) Second in Swedish and Polish Grand Prix
2014 7th 100 Third Third in Swedish Grand Prix
2015 8th 95 Second Second in British Grand Prix
2016* 7th 50 Second Second in Danish Grand Prix

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  2. ^ "Holder delight at Pirates deal". Daily Echo. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  3. ^ "World Cup Final Teams". SpeedwayWorld.tv. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  4. ^ "Holder Enters Record Books". WorldSpeedway.com. 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  5. ^ No break for Holder
  6. ^ 2015 Speedway Grand Prix of Australia
  7. ^ Holder seeks comeback trail
  8. ^ Darcy Ward Benefit Meeting
  9. ^ Sidecar Speedway Chris Holder

External links[edit]

2011 Speedway Grand Prix riders
1 Poland Gollob 2 Poland Hampel 3 Australia Crump 4 Poland Holta 5 United States Hancock
6 United Kingdom Harris 7 Denmark Bjerre 8 Australia Holder 9 Sweden Jonsson 10 Denmark Pedersen
11 Sweden Lindgren 12 Russia Sayfutdinov 13 Russia Laguta 14 Sweden Lindbäck 15 Poland Kołodziej