King’s Lynn Stars prepare for Belle Vue clash as former rider Chris Holder is banned for nine months

Chris Holder has been banned from British speedway for nine months following his controversial King'

Chris Holder has been banned from British speedway for nine months following his controversial King's Lynn Stars exit. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Former King's Lynn Stars rider Chris Holder has been banned from British speedway for nine months for his part in a controversial night at the Adrian Flux Arena.

The 2012 world champion was initially hit with a 28-day suspension and sacked by the Stars after a chaotic night which saw four exclusions for riders missing the two-minute time allowance before a heat.

Australian riders Holder and Troy Batchelor were axed in the wake of that 52-40 home Premiership defeat to Poole Pirates on July 13, with promoter Buster Chapman criticising the pair's attitude amid claims they refused to race in tricky track conditions.

Dorset-based Holder was found guilty in his absence by the Speedway Control Bureau earlier today, of refusing to compete in two of his races. He is now banned until April 13, 2018, which means he cannot start next season with a UK club, and was also fined £3,000. The 29-year-old was also guilty of an act which was prejudicial to the interests of the sport.

Lynn have since brought in Michael Palm Toft and Thomas H Jonasson but lost four straight meetings to slip to sixth in the table, in a frustrating period which has seen three meetings postponed, including at Rye House on Wednesday.

Palm Toft hopes the Stars can earn some reward for their hard work as they head to Belle Vue on Friday (7.30pm start).

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'I'm just there to put a shift in, do my bit for the team and we'll hopefully get a good run going,' Palm Toft said. 'It's hard because a few of us riders haven't been here a long time, but we've just got to settle in.

'We're looking forward to the next few meetings and we're happy we're moving in the right direction. We're here to put in 100% every time but we're also here to win, so hopefully we can start doing that.'

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The Stars draft in Danny King to guest for Robert Lambert, who is unavailable. They are otherwise at full strength, whilst Belle Vue draft in Jake Allen to guest for the injured Rohan Tungate whilst utilising rider replacement to cover for Max Fricke.

King's Lynn: Danny King, Michael Palm Toft, Thomas Jorgensen, Kai Huckenbeck, Tomas H Jonasson, Josh Auty, Nicklas Porsing

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