Chris Holder is keeping his focus ahead of the FIM Torun SGP of Poland
Last Updated: October 4, 2012 12:43pm
Chris holder: Keeping his focus ahead of Saturday's world-title deciding FIM Torun SGP of Poland
Chris Holder has hit back at Nicki Pedersen's "head games" ahead of the world title deciding GP in Poland on Saturday.
Holder heads into the final FIM Torun SGP of Poland two points clear of his Danish rival, while defending champion Greg Hancock is 10 points behind the Australian in third.
Pedersen reduced the gap at the top from 11 points after collecting 20 points - and second place - at the Nordic SGP at Vojens last time.
Afterwards he claimed "there is nothing worse when you're leading and it slips away" and said "I'm so glad I'm not Chris Holder or Greg Hancock."
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But Holder has dismissed the Danish rider's claims, insisting it should be Pedersen himself who is disappointed after Vojens as he let the lead - and two points - slip on the last lap of the final as wild card Michael Jepsen Jensen raced through to claim the glory.
Holder, who could lift his first world title on Saturday, told the Speedway FIM World Championships official website: "That's Nicki all over. He's trying to play games - head games. It might work on some people, but to be honest, it doesn't get to me at all.
"If anyone is disappointed after Vojens, it would be him after losing first place on the last lap.
"He could have been going into this meeting even with me. But he's still two points down. If anyone is going to have been disappointed, it would have been him for sure.
"I've said all along that if I can be there at the end and have a good chance, I'll be happy. I'm two points up and I've got a great chance. It's all systems go."
"That's Nicki all over. He's trying to play games - head games. It might work on some people, but to be honest, it doesn't get to me at all."
The final GP of the season is at Holder's Polish Ekstraliga home track and he insists that will give him an advantage.
He said: "I've ridden at Torun for the past four years and I'd much rather be going there to wrap it up than anywhere else. It's funny; the last GP was in Denmark. It was Nicki's turn and he had his go at being at home. Now it's my turn on my home track and I am keen to get it on.
"I reckon the fans there will be going for me, no doubt about it. I've raced there since 2008. That's a long time and I've got a lot of fans there.
"I think they all want to see me do well. But I'm trying not to think about what they're doing. I just need to do my job and give them something to cheer about."