DOYLE WINS THIRD PETER CRAVEN MEMORIAL IN MANCHESTER
Jason Doyle won his third Peter Craven Memorial meeting and admitted: “It couldn’t have been a better end to the season for me."
23 / 10 / 2020, 11:37
Aussie icon Jason Doyle completed a hat-trick of victories in the Peter Craven Memorial meeting and admitted: “It couldn’t have been a better end to the season for me.”
The Newcastle-born racer, who scored 14 in the heats, topped the podium at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester, roaring clear of the competition while his rivals scrapped it out in an epic six-man final.
Doyle was pleased to get the chance to race one meeting in the UK in a season which saw him finish sixth in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.
The six-man final was quite interesting. I don’t think it has ever been done at Belle Vue before, but the boys got stuck in, we rode safe and it was a thoroughly enjoyable meeting.
He said: “I was a late addition to the meeting, but I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to take part on a fantastic night.
“It’s been a tough year for everyone, especially the boys that have been riding in Europe, and for me to win three Peter Cravens on the bounce is just amazing.
“The six-man final was quite interesting. I don’t think it has ever been done at Belle Vue before, but the boys got stuck in, we rode safe and it was a thoroughly enjoyable meeting.”
GB star Dan Bewley took second place, with his Belle Vue team mate Brady Kurtz third. Richard Lawson was fourth with British champion Rory Schlein fifth. Former Aussie champion Sam Masters took sixth spot, despite blazing straight through to the final on 12 points from his heats – a figure matched by Kurtz who was the third automatic qualifier.
Bewley won a five-man semi-final ahead of Schlein, Lawson, Lewis Kerr and Steve Worrall.
Doyle was full of praise for the Belle Vue management after they pressed ahead with hosting the 25th Peter Craven Memorial meeting, which saw racing streamed live online due to supporters being unable to attend.
He said: “Hats off and congratulations to Belle Vue for all of the effort they have put in, not just for getting this meeting on but also for the British Final and all their other meetings.
“It’s always a great night’s racing here in Manchester and I hope all of the hard work put in by Lemo [Mark Lemon] and the management has garnered the support they deserve.”
PETER CRAVEN MEMORIAL SCORES: Jason Doyle 14, Sam Masters 12, Brady Kurtz 12, Dan Bewley 10, Lewis Kerr 10, Rory Schlein 9, Steve Worrall 8, Richard Lawson 7, Kyle Howarth 7, Jason Crump 6, Drew Kemp 6, Chris Harris 6, Jye Etheridge 6, Troy Batchelor 4, Richie Worrall 2, Jordan Palin 1.
SEMI-FINAL: Bewley, Schlein, Lawson, Kerr, S Worrall
FINAL: Doyle, Bewley, Kurtz, Lawson, Schlein, Masters.
Photo: Taylor Lanning