BOMBER: NO PRESSURE ON LIONS
GB racer Chris Harris says there’s “no pressure” on the Lions in Togliatti as they chase Monster Energy SON success without Tai Woffinden.
20 / 07 / 2019, 09:49
Great Britain racer Chris Harris says there’s “no pressure” on the Lions in Togliatti as they chase Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations success without talisman Tai Woffinden.
The triple world champion sits out the Finals after suffering a broken TH4 vertebra and fractured shoulder blade in Lublin on June 7.
Harris steps in for the Wroclaw and Indianerna man – riding in his first Monster Energy SON events and representing his country for the first time since the 2017 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Final in Leszno.
I can’t see why we can’t go there and surprise a few. We have no pressure – no-one is expecting us to do anything, so we can go and have some fun.
Bomber topped the scorechart on seven points in Poland that night, but some have written off the Lions in Woffinden’s absence. In the Cornishman’s eyes, that takes the pressure off his side as they race in Russia.
He said: “I can’t see why we can’t go there and surprise a few. We have no pressure – no-one is expecting us to do anything, so we can go and have some fun. I have ridden with Craig and Robert enough times over the years. I’m sure if we’re all on the pace, we can team ride and bring some wins home.”
While Harris was gutted not to be selected for Lions’ Race Off 2 win in Manchester on May 11, he heads to Russia on the back of a strong run of form for Ipswich and Somerset in the UK. He’s keen to take that scoring to Togliatti and he’s delighted to be flying the flag once again.
He said: “I love representing my country. I always feel honoured and it will be no different this time. I’ll go out there, give it my all, put my heart and soul into it and hopefully come the end of the weekend, I’ll have put in a good performance and made myself proud of what I have done.
“During the season I was hoping my form would be good enough to get me in. I didn’t quite make it for Belle Vue, but the boys did a good job as always.
“It was unlucky what happened to Tai, but I was lucky I was next in line to take the call. The circumstances aren’t ideal. We have lost our top rider and that is never good.
“But I’m feeling good. I’d like to think I’ve got a good record when I represent my country, so hopefully I can continue that into this one.
“It’s my first time doing this format, but I feel I am a fairly good team rider, so I can’t see why I would struggle.
“Robert is going well this year – continuing his good form. Craig is going well. He’s at King’s Lynn now and he’s battling away there too.”