GRIN: HOLDER CAN OVERCOME SGP SLUMP, GREG HANCOCK INSISTS TEAM HANCOCK HAJ STABLE MATE CHRIS HOLDER HAS “ALL THE TALENT IN THE WORLD” TO PULL HIMSELF OUT OF HIS SGP SLUMP.
American legend Greg Hancock insists Team Hancock Haj stable mate Chris Holder has “all the talent in the world” to pull himself out of his SGP slump.
The Sydneysider failed to score at the MIB Nordic Gorzow SGP – the first time Holder has drawn a blank in his FIM Speedway Grand Prix career.
The 30-year-old is battling through some personal problems away from the track which have prevented him from racing in the SGB Premiership this year.
THERE ARE THREE ROUNDS STILL TO GO AND THERE IS EVERYTHING TO GAIN. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE EASY, BUT IT IS THREE ROUNDS. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THREE ROUNDS.
The years since his 2012 world title win have been beset by injury and other issues – most notably Darcy Ward’s career coming to a tragic end in 2015.
While Hancock insists he’s there to support his friend and team mate, he says Holder himself has everything he needs to get his career back on track.
He said: “We’ve both been in difficult situations and I try everything just to be supportive and help. But in the end it’s up to him to figure it out.
“We’re all there, we’re all behind him and he will get there. He’s just stuck in a rut. But he will come out of it; he’s that kind of guy. He has all the talent in the world.”
Holder is currently 12th in the World Championship on 43 points – 22 short of the automatic qualification places for next year. With just three rounds remaining, he faces a big battle to book a place in SGP 2019.
The Torun star first qualified for the series in 2010 and has been competing ever since bar a couple of injury lay-offs. So the idea of a World Championship field without Holder is not something Hancock wants to contemplate.
He said: “I don’t want to think about that and I don’t think he wants to think about that either. There are three rounds still to go and there is everything to gain. It’s not going to be easy, but it is three rounds. Anything can happen in three rounds.”