Batchelor, Holder headline Speedway season

Chris Holder preparing for an Australian Title return

Chris Holder preparing for an Australian Title return

This summer’s Australian Speedway Motorcycle Championship will see a resumption of hostilities between former World Champion, Chris Holder and defending Champion, Troy Batchelor as the pair head the eight seeded riders for January’s three round event.

Holder missed the Championship last year with a knee injury and has just completed his first test session ahead of the Australian summer after recuperating from an injury in June. He will be aiming for his fifth Australian Championship this year

Queenslander Batchelor – who made his Speedway Grand Prix debut in October – and Sydney-sider Holder have waged a solid battle against each other in Australian Championship competition over recent seasons.

Others to join them directly for the three round event will be 2013 World Cup debutante, Jason Doyle, perennial Australian Title campaigner Cameron Woodward, North Queensland’s Josh Graczjonek, last year’s surprise packet Rohan Tungate and emerging youngster Dakota North.

A surprise seeded inclusion is Jack Holder – the youngest brother of Chris. He will make his Australian Championship debut in January, however has been showing some outstanding form in the early part of the summer. A month ago, the younger Holder took out the NSW Under-21 Championship and last weekend came agonisingly close to becoming the first rider to win both the Under-21 and Senior Title in the same year.

A further 16 riders will line-up in the qualification event at Kurri Kurri Speedway in the Hunter Valley on January 3. The top eight from that event will start in the Championship on January 4 at Kurri. The troupe then head to Undera Speedway in Shepparton, Victoria on January 8 before the Champion is crowned at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway on January 11.

AUSTRALIAN SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDED RIDERS:

Chris Holder

Troy Batchelor

Jason Doyle

Cameron Woodward

Dakota North

Josh Graczjonek

Rohan Tungate

Jack Holder

AUSTRALIAN SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION EVENT RIDERS:

Nick Morris

Max Fricke

Sam Masters

Tyson Nelson

Justin Sedgmen

Tyson Snow

Joey Ringwood

Mason Campton

Hunter Anderson

Brodie Waters

Jake Allen

Alan MacDonald

Jake Anderson

Daine Stevens

Matthew Day

Jye Etheridge

 

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