World title bid begins for King’s Lynn Stars’ Chris Holder

Chris Holder begins his world title bid in Slovenia. Picture: Ian Burt

Chris Holder begins his world title bid in Slovenia. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Stars' Chris Holder begins his campaign to regain his world champion title on Saturday.

Holder, who ruled the world in 2012 is in Krsko, Slovenia for the opening round of the Speedway Grand Prix series.

Four-time world champion Greg Hancock faces one of the strongest fields in the history of the competition, which takes in 12 rounds and nine countries before the climax in Australia on October 28.

Hancock is one of four world title winners in the line-up, along with former King's Lynn rider Nicki Pedersen of Denmark, Holder and Britain's Tai Woffinden.

Double world champion Tai Woffinden is aiming to keep his Slovenian love affair going, having reached the final in the last two seasons.

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'I've had some good meetings around there and I'm really looking forward to Saturday,' he said. 'I have done all my preparation. I've worked hard and have covered everything in the build-up to the new season.

'I feel good and my bikes feel good, I've done the odd meeting and the testing in Poland, and I'm looking forward to it.

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'Krsko is a big, fast track and it should be a great meeting for the fans. I've got to look to get to the semi-final minimum each round, starting on Saturday.'

Woffinden says he is not concerned by a lack of racing after the postponement of his first league outing in Poland.

'The time I've had on the bike has been good for me,' he said. 'I'm comfortable with everything. I've also spent extra time training and it's nice to have spent some time at home back in the UK. But now the season starts properly and I'm ready for it.'

Woffinden will also have a familiar face in his pit corner with mentor Peter Adams back after a year out.

The Scunthorpe-born star added: 'I think that year's break from it was good for our working relationship. We never fell out or anything like that. It was just good to do something different.

'I talked to Pete mid-way through last season and when I had the opportunity to ride for him again at Wolverhampton it was nice to be working with him again. He's refreshed and ready to go again this year and I'm personally delighted to have him back as part of my team.'

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