DOYLE: FIGHTING BACK
Aussie icon Jason Doyle opened up on the battles he has faced in a tough 2020 after rocketing from 15th to seventh in the SGP standings.
12 / 09 / 2020, 13:56
Aussie icon Jason Doyle opened up on the battles he has faced in a tough 2020 after rocketing from 15th to seventh in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix standings in Gorzow last night.
The Czestochowa star scored just three points from his opening three Enea Gorzow SGP heats, but hit back with a win and a second place to book his berth in the semi-finals.
He then took second behind Bartosz Zmarzlik in semi-final one, before pushing the Pole all the way in an epic final, which saw Doyle narrowly miss out on his second Gorzow victory after an incredible last-lap charge.
This year I have had too much time sitting at home and thinking about different things. I have driven a lot of people insane by just thinking about too much stuff and not actually just getting on the bike and riding.
After starting the night with eight World Championship points, the Newcastle-born racer bagged 18 to move on to 26 overall and climb an astonishing eight places in the standings in one night.
Having endured a difficult start to SGP 2020 in Wroclaw, Doyle was elated to put his series back on track in fine style.
He said: “It was a bit embarrassing when I got pushed out for the parade and I was in 15th position. I have a lot of pride and I push very hard.
“It has been a tough year, but I have worked really hard – and not just myself. My mechanics and also my family have done a lot behind the scenes when things have been tough. There are a lot of good people in my corner and I just want to thank them now.
“It’s a step in the right direction and it’s always nice to be on the podium at any Grand Prix. I know it’s only one good meeting, but we had a good week in Poland and hopefully it’s a start.
“It was disappointing after Wroclaw. We chose the wrong engines there and didn’t do the right things with setup.
“We learned a lot there and Friday was the same. We started very slow, but scraped through into the semis and then I ended up getting second in the final, which is amazing.”
Doyle admits he pushed Zmarzlik as hard as he dared in a memorable final showdown. He said: “I started building up speed and I saw that he was sitting on the inside.
“Coming into the last lap, I went big going into one and two and then built up my speed again. I tried to dive underneath him on the last turn, but he saw me coming and kind of shut the door a little bit.
“I couldn’t have pushed him any harder without taking him down. You don’t want to do that to Bartek in Gorzow! He’s a very well-liked boy and he’s also a hero in that town.”
Doyle did inadvertently knock Zmarzlik off his bike as they celebrated a great night’s work after the race.
“There was no malice in that,” Doyle said. “I was happy and he was happy. It was a good, fair race. We got beside each other, clicked handlebars, he fell off and I saved it. It’s not the first time that has happened to me after a final!”
Doyle is a man used to racing in three or four different countries in the same week, and admits the lack of track time on offer in this coronavirus-hit season has been tough to deal with.
He is currently living in Poland instead of commuting from the UK, where he races for SGB Premiership champions Swindon.
Czestochowa’s recent track troubles also haven’t aided his efforts to get time on the bike, and Doyle admits losing out on the British season certainly has not helped him on or off the bike.
He said: “I think I really miss Britain. I’ve said it many times. Some say the British league is not the strongest, but it gets you on a bike and I really enjoy riding there. I miss it and hopefully we’ll be back racing full-gas again in 2021.
“This year I have had too much time sitting at home and thinking about different things. I have driven a lot of people insane by just thinking about too much stuff and not actually just getting on the bike and riding.
“It has been tough. I thought I would have handled it a little easier, living away from home. It has been tough on my family. My wife Emily had to stay in Britain and look after the fort – our house in Norwich.
“I miss her every day, but it’s what we had to do for one year. Hopefully next year I can go back to living in Britain and it’ll be a little bit easier.”
Doyle admits his crew has offered plenty of support. He added: “My mechanics are close to me and have really helped. I also speak to Mark Seabright, my mechanic in Britain, a lot. He’s like a father figure to me.
“It’s always hard when I am away from these people and trying to get myself out of a hole.”
Doyle enjoys the SGP 2020 double-headers and hopes he will thrive on the chance to score more World Championship points in tonight’s Enea Gorzow SGP round four.
He said: “If you have a bad one, you get to ride the next day, which is good. If you have a good one, you sit at home happy, but you still have to race the next day and do the same thing.
“I race here tonight and then again in Leszno for Czestochowa on Sunday. Now it’s a little more like a British week and I’m riding more than once.”