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DOYLE: ROBINS ON TRACK

Swindon star Jason Doyle gave Robins' revamped track the thumbs up after his side rescued a 45-45 draw against Poole on Thursday night.

19 / 04 / 2019, 10:34

Swindon star Jason Doyle gave Robins' revamped track the thumbs up after his side rescued a 45-45 draw against Poole on Thursday night.

The Blunsdon circuit has been redesigned as the Abbey Stadium prepares to undergo redevelopment.

While there were reports of teething problems when riders tested the track earlier this week, further work produced a circuit that delivered an exciting Premiership Supporters Cup encounter.

Hats off to the Swindon staff who have worked so hard over the last day and a half to get the track how it was. It was race-able and there was some great racing in the end.

Jason Doyle

Despite Poole leading for much of the night, Swindon duo Adam Ellis and Troy Batchelor bagged a 4-2 in heat 15 to leave the sides all square.

Doyle was glad to be back at his parent club after a season away at Somerset and paid tribute to the club for their new-look track.

He said: “It’s nice to be back in Swindon colours and it was a great match to start with at home. Hats off to the Swindon staff who have worked so hard over the last day and a half to get the track how it was. It was race-able and there was some great racing in the end.”

Pirates welcome the Robins to Wimborne Road at 11.30am in their Good Friday encounter.

Like Poole, Robins are ranked among the favourites for Premiership silverware this year, although their doubters have questioned whether a side led by Doyle – the league’s sole SGP rider – and Troy Batchelor will prove too top-heavy.

JD is backing the likes of Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, Dawid Lampart, James Shanes and Zach Wajtknecht to fire the club into contention. But he admits only cool heads will prevail in the race for glory.

He said: “It’s only early days and the young boys need to keep calm. You’ve got to stay safe, and to win a league you’ve got to have seven safe and fit riders. With the team we’ve got, I think we have a chance.”

 

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