Speedway - Holder vows to stay cool

Speedway world champion Chris Holder kicks off the defence of his crowd in New Zealand this weekend and has vowed not to make the same mistakes as he did 12 months ago.

Speedway - Holder remains upbeat on title hopes

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Australia's Chris Holder (AFP)

The Australian had his lowest score of last season at the 2012 Auckland leg of the series, which came just hours after he became a father.

The 25-year-old recovered from that disappointment to claim the world title at his home track of Torun in October, but he is determined to get the upcoming season off to a flying start this time around.

"I was trying to do it for my friends and family last time, but maybe I was trying a bit too much," he said. "This time I will just go out there and race my bike. Hopefully it all works out for me.

“It would be good to start off this season really well. I’ve done a fair bit of practice and work getting everything ready. It would be really cool if I could get the win.”

He added: “It doesn’t matter whether you win one; as long as you’re at the top at the end. That’s the aim. It would be cool to start off with a few points in the bag, though, and I’ll be doing everything I can to get into it.”

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