Chris Holder was ruled out of the 3rd round of the Australian championships after a crash in practice landed him with a suspected broken wrist at Undera, Victoria, effectively wiping out any distant hopes he had of retaining his title.
Chris Holder moved into overall third place in the Australian Championships at the halfway stage when, aboard equipment loaned from former Pirate Leigh Adams, he finished runners-up to Jason Doyle in the A final at Mildura, Victoria on Monday.
HISTORY-SEEKING Elite League champions Poole Pirates have been given the perfect “power” boost ahead of the new season in March with a lucrative new two-year team sponsorship.
Chris Holder began his title defence with a 6th place finish in the opening round of the Australian Championships, staged at Gillman Speedway, South Australia on Saturday, his 2015 fellow Pirate Dakota North faring better with fourth place.
Poole Pirates' lucky charm, Dave Watt, is on his way back with the Pirates for the 2015 campaign, after three seasons away from Wimborne Road.
Poole's new recruit for 2015, Dakota North, finished 4th in the South Australian State Championship at Gillman Speedway on Sunday.
Poole co-promoter Gordon Pairman has become no stranger to offering backing of up and coming speedway talent, having provided financial support for both Kyle Howarth and Kyle Newman in recent seasons, and the latest rider to benefit from Pairman's support is Worcester-born Ellis Perks who has been learning his craft down in Australia but for 2015 has secured British team spots with both Scunthorpe (Premier League) and Cradley Heath (National League).
2012 World champion Chris Holder will be back in Pirates' colours again in 2015. The popular Aussie last rode for Poole back in May having served the Pirates early season before making way for Darcy Ward. With just a shade under 2,500 points for the Pirates Holder is the 7th highest point score for the Dorset club in it's history
24 year old Paul Starke will be part of the league championship defending Poole Pirates team in 2015 after being selected from the tier 2 bank of riders at today's Elite Draft Rider scheme held at BSPA headquarters.
Season Starts March 2018 (for 2017 table click here)