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RIDER REVIEW | JASON DOYLE

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the stars of SGP 2019 fared. Today, we feature Jason Doyle.

12 / 01 / 2020, 12:04

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at how the stars of SGP 2019 fared. Today, we feature Jason Doyle.

The Aussie icon has never finished outside the FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship’s top seven since he first entered the series in 2015.

But with three rounds remaining, Doyle’s place in the competition was under series threat as he sat 12th in the standings on 48 points – 10 short of Artem Laguta in the eighth and final automatic qualification place.

Doyle endured a stuttering start to the season, scoring just 11 points in total from the opening rounds in Warsaw and Krsko.

He appeared to have turned the corner at the ANLAS Czech SGP, scoring 12 points and finishing fourth on a Prague track where he topped the podium in both 2016 and 2017.

JD was unable to maintain that momentum and didn’t reach a semi-final in the next four rounds, accumulating 25 points from the meetings in Hallstavik, Wroclaw, Malilla and Teterow.

It was fair to say the British-based racer had work to do, but Doyle isn’t a man known for throwing in the towel.

He raced into the Danish SGP semi-finals in Vojens with 12 points to move within five of eighth place.

Doyle then delivered his best World Championship performance of the season at the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff, racing to his second final of SGP 2019, finishing fourth with 13 points.

That result moved him up to ninth place and just a point behind Matej Zagar in eighth going into the season-closing Revline Torun SGP.

Racing on his 2019 PGE Ekstraliga home track, Doyle was determined to make home advantage count. And with nearest rivals Zagar and Patryk Dudek managing just four points each, JD made them pay with a solid 11-point haul to reach the semi-finals and book his place in SGP 2020.

It might have been a testing season for Doyle on the SGP stage, but he still inspired British side Swindon to their first-ever SGB Premiership and Supporters Cup double, as well as finishing sixth in the PGE Ekstraliga average charts for Torun, registering an impressive 2.280 points per race.

On top of that, he also led Australia to bronze at the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Togliatti in July, as well as powering them to top spot in the overnight standings after Final 1.

If Doyle can consistently find the phenomenal form that delivered him SGP world title glory in 2017, there could be more medals coming his way in 2020.

 

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