Australian speedway star Chris Holder has been handed a 28-day ban from the SGB Premiership following King’s Lynn’s controversial meeting with Poole at the Adrian Flux Arena last Thursday.
The suspension, which doesn’t include Saturday’s Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff or racing in Sweden or Poland, comes after the Sydney-born racer allegedly refused to take two of his rides in the Star’s 52-40 loss to the Pirates. The home side were reportedly unhappy with the track conditions for the meeting.
Holder retired from heat four before exceeding the two minute time allowance for heats seven and 13. Race 11 saw him pick up a second place when taking a tactical ride.
The meeting also saw Holder’s fellow countryman Troy Batchelor withdraw from the meeting after two rides with a wrist injury. He then guested for Swindon in place of broken foot victim Jason Doyle the following night.
British star Robert Lambert and German racer Kai Huckenbeck also failed to make the two-minute time allowance for heat nine, after which the meeting was delayed for some time while extensive track work took place.
Issuing a statement last Friday, angry Lynn promoter Keith Chapman hit out at his riders for their reluctance to race. Fans were also left fuming over a farcical night at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Chapman said: ‘I have put my heart and soul into this club and I take things like this personally. I am as angry and frustrated as every supporter. However, I must offer our apologies because the paying public are the lifeblood of the sport. I spoke to many fans last night and apologised to them all.
‘I was extremely disappointed with the attitude of certain riders. When you looked at the Poole guys, they were out there ready to race.
‘The race times were reasonable but clearly some riders didn’t fancy it and there was no thought for the fans.
‘I agree rider safety has to be paramount, but when the Poole riders have no problem, I have to question the attitude of certain riders in my team.’