DOYLE FACES PRE-SEASON FOOT SURGERY
Jason Doyle was glad to end 2018 with a clean bill of health, but admits he must undergo foot surgery before he starts his 2019 season.
14 / 01 / 2019, 11:53
Aussie racer Jason Doyle was glad to end 2018 with a clean bill of health, but admits he must undergo foot surgery before he starts his 2019 season.
The Newcastle-born racer suffered a broken foot, before racing through the pain barrier to pull off an extraordinary 2017 world title triumph.
Doyle needed surgery at the end of that season and it was not the first time he ended his year with a hospital visit. He was knocked out in the 2015 Australian SGP final, suffering a broken neck, and his 2016 title bid was halted by a serious crash at the Torun SGP.
Normally I am trying to chase my tail and get back to full fitness in the off-season, so it has been nice to sit back and get everything organised for next year.
While he ended up seventh in last year’s World Championship – his lowest finish in an astonishing first four SGP seasons – completing 2018 injury-free was still a huge victory.
This has given Doyle the chance to prepare for SGP 2019 with no fitness worries. But the Swindon, Torun and Rospiggarna star admits he must make one trip to the operating theatre before he returns to the shale.
“I still have to sort the foot out in February,” he said. “They’re taking the plate out, which is a quick and simple fix.”
While Doyle isn’t rushing to get back on the bike, he insists his rehab time will be short. He said: “They said the recovery will take 10 days – just for the stitching to heal up and make sure there’s no infection.
“But I rode with the stitches in last time and it never got infected. As long as I keep it clean, I can do it shorter.
“I have plenty of time before I start practising anyway. I don’t want to start too early. It’s too cold.”
Doyle admits his winter has proved much more enjoyable after years of battling to regain full fitness in time for the spring.
“It’s the first time in maybe five seasons that I’ve finished the season with no major injuries,” he said.
“Normally I am trying to chase my tail and get back to full fitness in the off-season, so it has been nice to sit back and get everything organised for next year. I’m feeling quite happy going into next season. Everything has kind of fallen into place now.
“Obviously not having a major injury is nice. I can just spend some time doing normal things again.
“I got to ride motocross for the first time in five years. I won’t break any records as a motocross rider, but it’s always nice to do something different to racing a speedway bike, scoring points and always having the pressure.
“It was always going to be a nice off-season with no injuries and I am hoping we can keep it that way.”