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Pirates' Holder keen to stay at Dorset club
WORLD champion Chris Holder last night revealed he was keen to continue riding for Pirates next year.
The Poole captain insists he can juggle his Grand Prix title defence with commitments in three leagues across Europe.
Holder, who also plies his trade in Poland and Sweden, has established himself as a huge fans’ favourite during five years at Wimborne Road.
The Bearwood-based star is the shale sport’s hottest property after landing his maiden world crown at the age of 25 earlier this month.
And despite fears he could quit British speedway, Holder says he is keen to extend his stay in Dorset in 2013.
Asked if he had thought about next year at Poole, Holder told the Daily Echo: “To be honest, not really. I am just trying to get through this season and, with the world championship, a lot of things have gone on.
“But I am looking to be back here. It is the best club in England and I want to be here. Hopefully, it all works out.”
Discussing whether defending his GP title would have any influence on his decision, he said: “It (riding for Poole) got me there so I don’t see a reason to drop it just yet anyway.
“I am still young, I can still do it and I feel good. This year has been proof that if I concentrate a bit better and focus on racing more than other things, I can handle all three leagues and the Grand Prix.”
Ward’s future remains in doubt as he prepares to make his GP debut next year. Holder’s fellow Turbo Twin had previously hinted he could turn his back on British speedway if handed a wild card.
A possible solution to attract top riders back to the Elite – and retain existing ones – has been suggested whereby two |riders could share the number one or heat leader roles, as opposed to competing in every meeting.
Quizzed on the topic, Holder added: “I would do either way. Ideally, it would be good if you had fewer meetings.
“But for the guys who don’t race abroad, they want as many meetings here as they can.
“We don’t really know and it is a tough one and it is good for some but not for others. I am sure they will work out some sort of agreement.”