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RIDER REVIEW | JASON DOYLE

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars got on. Today, we feature 2017 world champion Jason Doyle.

15 / 12 / 2018, 10:54

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars got on. Today, we feature 2017 world champion Jason Doyle.

When the Aussie icon completed his storied journey to the top of the sport, it was never going to be easy to stay there. With the spotlight shining brighter on him than at any point in his career, Doyley found life tough at times.

But he ended the year in champion form and with his scores throughout Europe still strong, it’s clear JD remains one of the sport’s men to beat.

A couple of tough nights dented his medal hopes and the first of those came at the opener in Warsaw, where a five-point haul immediately left Doyle playing catch up.

He then reached three straight semis, scoring nine in Prague, before going to on to finish fourth in Horsens for the second straight season, tallying 12.

Another nine followed on Swedish home track Hallstavik, before he could only manage five on a difficult day in Cardiff followed by four in Malilla. This left him 11th in the World Championship on 44 points – nine short of the top-eight spot needed to guarantee his place in SGP 2019.

With work to do, Doyle got stuck in. Things picked up with a nine in Gorzow – unusually this wasn’t enough to put him in the semis.

There was no stopping him in Krsko, though. Doyle’s season caught fire as he roared to second place behind winner Patryk Dudek. But crucially, he was top scorer on the night with 17 – a result that put him eighth in the standings.

He repeated the feat in Teterow, finishing second to eventual champion Tai Woffinden and matching the Brit’s 16-point tally. Doyley was up to sixth and firmly in position to qualify for next year.

A seven-point haul at the season-closing Torun SGP wasn’t the Newcastle-born racer at his best. But it was enough to secure him seventh in the final standings and another shot at the sport’s top prize.

There were still successes for Doyle in 2018 as he starred for Somerset, Torun and Rospiggarna – leading the Rebels to their first top-flight honour in the SGB Premiership Knock Out Cup. He also won the famous Golden Helmet at Czech track Pardubice.

But the biggest prize of all was ending the year with his body intact. After years of injury strife, Doyle can now get ready for another title assault – this time with a clean bill of health.

 

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