HOLDER: WORK TO DO. CHRIS HOLDER SAYS THE AZTORIN SLOVENIAN SGP WAS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, BUT ADMITS THERE’S WORK TO DO WITH HIS STARTS AND MOTORS.
Aussie ace Chris Holder says the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP was a step in the right direction, but admits there’s still work to do with his starts and motors.
The Sydneysider exited the Krsko meeting ahead of the semi-finals with six points and is far from happy with his scoring with King’s Lynn in Britain and Polish side Torun.
He was encouraged by his three second places in Slovenia and feels he’s making progress with his engines. But he accepts there’s still room for improvement, especially with his starts.
IN AT LEAST TWO OF YOUR RACES, YOU HAVE TO GET TO THE FIRST CORNER FIRST. I JUST COULDN’T GET THERE FOR SOME REASON.
Holder said: “My form has been terrible in Britain and Poland. It has been a pretty bad start. I had good intentions that it was all going to go well. I just haven’t been making good starts.
“I had some outside gates and managed to get a couple of seconds, which I was pretty stoked with because it was difficult to do anything once the first corner was done.
“But when it got a bit slicker, I missed a bit in the middle of the meeting. I couldn’t get to the corner and I was on the inside towards the end. I wasn’t making good enough starts to push everybody up.”
Holder admits he struggled to find the right bike setup. He added: “I’ve been making changes with the bikes and it hasn’t been making any difference. I took these engines out after the Zielona Gora match (April 22) and took them back to Johnsy (engine tuner Peter Johns).
“They felt really good on Saturday. But it was deep early on and when it went slick, I was a bit tentative on making too many changes. It wasn’t bad and I didn’t want to mess it up because I was getting some points in the bag.
“It wasn’t a great night in Krsko, but feeling how the bike was working, it was better than it has been. As bad as it was, I felt like I had a bit of power.
“But you can’t give too many points away. The competition is so hard. You’ve got to be making good starts. In at least two of your races, you have to get to the first corner first. I just couldn’t get there for some reason.”
Holder can’t wait for the LOTTO Warsaw SGP of Poland on May 13 as he bids to make the most of his indoor-track expertise at PGE Narodowy.
The two-time Cardiff winner said: “It’s good to get the first one out of the way and I have been pretty good at the indoor ones. We’ll scrub this one.
“The bikes felt okay in Krsko and, considering it wasn’t the best of nights, I felt okay. We’ll get things done in the next couple of weeks, turn up to Warsaw and see what I can do.”