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DOYLE: WE'VE EARNED RIVALS' RESPECT

Jason Doyle believes he earned the respect of his FIM Speedway Grand Prix rivals after coming within touching distance of world title gold.

06 / 04 / 2017, 09:40

Aussie star Jason Doyle believes he earned the respect of his FIM Speedway Grand Prix rivals after coming within touching distance of World Championship gold last season.

The 31-year-old stormed to a fantastic four SGP wins in Prague, Gorzow, Teterow and Stockholm to go five points clear at the top of the standings with two rounds to race.

Now there are a lot of riders who have more respect. We’re not just the amateurs we got called when we first started the Grand Prix.

Jason Doyle

But he was cruelly denied the chance to lift the title in Melbourne after crashing hard in his opening ride at the Torun SGP.

Doyle hopes to overcome the cruel hand he was dealt this season as he bids to improve on two fifth-place SGP finishes.

That’s no mean feat for a man who came into the series with no previous FIM Speedway Grand Prix experience prior to 2015.

Last season Doyle revealed that he and his team were branded amateurs when they started out on the sport’s biggest stage. Now he is confident they have earned their rivals’ respect.

He said: “I don’t think they gave me the opportunity to be world champion last year and I was on course to be world champion.

“Now there are a lot of riders who have more respect. We’re not just the amateurs we got called when we first started the Grand Prix. We have a fully-fledged Grand Prix team with some great mechanics.

“We spend a lot of money on our bikes. We have eight bikes and there’s a lot of work behind the scenes that people don’t see. We’re working hard to be the best.”

 

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