DOYLE: DOING IT RIGHT
Jason Doyle insisted he’s keen to earn his place in SGP 2019 “the right way” after storming back into the World Championship’s top eight.
10 / 09 / 2018, 11:45
World champion Jason Doyle insisted he’s keen to earn his place in SGP 2019 “the right way” after storming back into the World Championship’s top eight with second spot in the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP on Saturday.
JD produced his performance of the season to date as he top-scored on 17 points to go eighth in the standings on 70 – level with Emil Sayfutdinov in ninth but placed ahead due to his superior 2017 ranking.
The Somerset, Torun and Rospiggarna rider was elated to finally overcome the pressure that followed last year’s world title win to get back to his best.
We had goals of retaining the world title at the start of the year and then all of a sudden our new goal was to stay in the top eight. That’s our main goal now.
He said: “It’s a massive honour to make a podium. It has been a tough year to dig deep and try to find the performance we had last year.
“We have really struggled, I guess with ourselves, nothing to do with the equipment. We just needed to make a lot of changes.
“After the world title last year, things have changed. I have a big target on my back.
"So it’s nice to finally get that trophy this year and hopefully it will be the start of me staying in the top eight.
“We had goals of retaining the world title at the start of the year and then all of a sudden our new goal was to stay in the top eight. That’s our main goal now.
“We want to do it the right way and Saturday brought me back up there. It shows the boys we can still be contenders for a world title. You need that spark to show the other boys what you’ve got. Being the top point-scorer in a Grand Prix is a great honour.”
Doyle has had no problems piling up the points in Britain, Sweden and Poland, but he admitted: “The hardest thing is when people only see the GPs on TV – they don’t see the league racing in Australia, so they think I’m having a shocking season.
“I’m in the top 10 in all the leagues. I know it has been a good year for me in the leagues. The GPs just haven’t fallen into place. Now that means we need to pick up our game and hopefully I can stay in the top eight, go into next year and try again.
“A lot of pressure has been taken off me now in not retaining the world title. I can now focus on riding my motorbike and Saturday was the first time I was riding without thinking about being a world champion.
Doyle admits luck hasn’t been on his side this year, but he’s determined to finish strong at the final two rounds in Teterow and Torun.
He said: “I’m not going to blame the gate draw I’ve had this year, but I’ve had some very bad gate draws. I’ve had low numbers which sometimes doesn’t mean the best gate pick.
“Sometimes two whites are the worst you can have all night, but it wasn’t too bad in Krsko and I could make some half-decent starts.
“It is a bit of a lottery when you get the gate pick, but we worked very hard to get second place on Saturday. I feel very honoured to be back on the podium because it’s not easy to make the podium in a Grand Prix.
“Hopefully I can score some really good points in Teterow and then go to Torun for the final one and secure a top-eight place.”
After what has been a testing season for Doyle and his crew, he paid tribute to those who backed him through thick and thin.
He said: “It’s a massive privilege to be working with a team that has worked hard in tough times and now the good ones.
“I want to thank them all – Mark Seabright in England has been a great mentor to me and of course my boys in Poland.
“I’d just like to thank all my supporters – the ones who have stuck by me when it has been tough this season. A lot of people want to hang on to you when you’re a world champion, so it’s nice to know I have a lot of support when times are tough.”