DOYLE: MIND OVER MATTER
Jason Doyle says it’s mind over matter when it comes to injuries, and admitted “it was all worthwhile when I won the world title."
26 / 03 / 2019, 11:06
Former world champion Jason Doyle says it’s mind over matter when it comes to dealing with injuries, and admitted “it was all worthwhile when I won the world title.”
The Aussie ace defied a broken foot to complete his incredible journey to the top of the sport in 2017, and thankfully stayed fairly clear of injuries in 2018.
Doyle has endured more than his fair share of trips to hospital over the years. And he admits the recovery process isn’t just a physical one.
I can’t really remember how many injuries I’ve had to be honest. I think I’ve got a longer list of injuries than achievements!
Speaking as part of British SGP title sponsor Adrian Flux’s Flux Fridays event, he said: “The mental side is the hardest thing to come back from. I feel mentally strong. After so many knocks and crashes it can play a toll on your mental state.
“I can’t really remember how many injuries I’ve had to be honest. I think I’ve got a longer list of injuries than achievements!
“But it was all worthwhile when I won the world title. You can forget about the injuries - but I’ve certainly had a few.”
Doyle has endured a number of horror crashes since joining the SGP series in 2015.
And he admitted: “The hardest ones are when you break serious bones. When I broke my neck in Melbourne (in 2015), I was very lucky and my family know how hard it was to come back from that.
“I also hate seeing fellow riders crash and if I see someone, I’m usually the first one over to help the paramedics. When you’re laying on the track, the first thing you want to see is a rider or someone you know personally.”
Doyle admits sheer determination helped him defy the broken foot he sustained in a PGE Ekstraliga match at Torun in June 2017 and keep his world title dream alive.
He raced at the Danish SGP in Horsens – practising just five days after the crash, before finishing a miraculous fourth with 15 points on the Saturday.
While some riders would have been content just to add to their points tally, Doyle found a way to top the World Championship that night.
He said: “After I’d smashed my foot to pieces, I may have been lying in hospital but I didn’t give it a thought that I wouldn’t ride in the following Grand Prix.
“I knew it was going to be tough, but I also knew if I could get on that bike and ride four laps, I could at least score a few points. I ended up winning 15 with a broken foot - and it helped me win the world title.”
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