Speedway - Holder unconcerned after Poland disappointment

Reigning world champion Chris Holder has insisted his below-par showing in Bydgoszcz was not a disaster and that he can soon regain his best form.

Speedway - Holder remains upbeat on title hopes

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Australia's Chris Holder (AFP)

The Australian had a 10-point haul in Poland after being beaten in the semi-finals by Tomasz Gollob and Matej Zagar, following nine points won at the opening round of the new Speedway Grand Prix season in New Zealand.

He currently lies seventh in the standings, on 19 points, level with Greg Hancock in eighth and Zagar in ninth.

But, with 10 rounds still remaining, Holder refuses to hit the panic button.

He said: “It was not a bad night in Bydgoszcz. If I had 10 points and I wasn’t the world champion, it would probably be a good night. But because I’m No.1, everyone thinks it’s a disaster.

“It’s a long season and I shouldn’t be too excited about what’s going on just yet.

"I’m in there and in the mix still, which is good. I’ve got to the semis both times.

“Everyone hasn’t done that many meetings and I’m not where I need to be right now. I need a little more time on the bike and I need to know these engines a bit better. I’m still sort of guessing a little bit. It’ll come with more laps and practice.”

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