DOYLE HAILS ROUSING REBELS
Jason Doyle paid tribute to Somerset for bringing him back to Highbridge as world champion and admits the long trek was "the only downfall."
01 / 03 / 2019, 12:54
Aussie star Jason Doyle paid tribute to 2018 SGB Premiership side Somerset for bringing him back to Highbridge as world champion, and admits the long trek proved “the only downfall.”
The 2017 world champion raced his year as world No.1 in the colours of a team he first joined in 2008, before returning in 2012 and 2013. The latter year was his final season as a doubling-up man, before he finished second in the 2014 GP Challenge at Lonigo to book his place in the World Championship for 2015.
Doyle’s progress since then has been dramatic, never finishing outside the world’s top seven and winning six SGP rounds.
So he was delighted to go back to Highbridge for such a special season, leading the Rebels into the play-off semi-finals. He just wishes the Oak Tree Arena was closer to his current base near Norwich – a 540-mile round trip away.
He said: “It was a great year to be at Somerset; winning the world title and going back there as current world champion.
“I’d personally like to thank the Hancocks and Garry May for having me back and also looking after me while I was down there. Everything they said and wrote on paper happened.
“It was nice to go back there after riding for them in 2008 for the first time. I hadn’t been back since 2013.
“The only problem was I had moved to Norwich since then and it was a killer journey. Sometimes it would take me seven hours to get home after a match – I wouldn’t get home until 3am. Then my Thursday was pretty much a write-off and I had to go to a GP on the Friday.
“That was the only downfall to riding at Somerset – the travelling I had to do. But other than that, I really enjoyed my time there.”