DOYLE & HOLDER PICK BRITAIN OVER SWEDEN
Jason Doyle and Jack Holder have given British Speedway a massive boost after Vastervik confirmed the riders have pulled out of their squad.
25 / 11 / 2020, 12:16
Aussie stars Jason Doyle and Jack Holder have given British Speedway a massive boost after Swedish side Vastervik confirmed the riders have pulled out of their 2021 squad.
Both men had agreed terms with the coastal side, but under next year’s PGE Ekstraliga rules in Poland, they can only compete in one other national league. With Doyle and Holder both based in the UK, Vastervik boss Morgan Andersson says they will line up in the SGB Premiership, with JD set to skipper Swindon and Holder ready to make his debut for top-flight newcomers Sheffield.
I understand that Morgan cannot sit and wait for me and must think of the club's best interests, but I would like to add that if some opportunities open up for me to represent Västervik in 2021, then I will take them.
The news will be hugely welcomed by British Speedway in a winter when clubs feared losing a host of top names due to the Polish restrictions.
Andersson hasn’t completely closed the door on the pair racing for Vastervik, should the British season fail to start or the Poles relax the rules to allow riders to enter more leagues. But he admitted a decision had to be made on their future to ensure his club could seek replacements for next year.
He told the Vastervik club website: “I have been in constant contact with Jason regarding the choice he has to make due to the new rules in Poland and I can say that he is moderately amused to have to make such a decision. He has both a house and family in England and also his biggest sponsors, so it is no surprise that Jason has to choose the British league.
“As for Jack, he has his base with his brother Chris in England and will also bring his Australian girlfriend over to Europe in 2021.
“Jack has also made the difficult decision to give up Sweden due to the rules that apply to participation in the Ekstraliga.
"Both Jason and Jack fully understand that we cannot wait with our squad just for the eventuality that there would be another cancelled season in England. There is a great risk that we will end up in the same position as this year, with most riders who are available and of a good level already taken by other clubs.
“Both Jason and Jack have an agreement with the club over 2021 and no-one knows what stage we will be at with the pandemic when we come to May next year. So we have not closed any doors, but as I said we are working on a team where we do not expect neither Jason nor Jack are in the squad.”
Doyle is gutted to have withdrawn from the side and hopes a chance to race for the club will emerge later in the year.
He said: “It has been a very difficult decision that I never thought I would have to take as I have always competed a lot throughout my career.
“I enjoyed racing for Västervik very much during this year and really looked forward to a whole season there in 2021.
“I understand that Morgan cannot sit and wait for me and must think of the club's best interests, but I would like to add that if some opportunities open up for me to represent Västervik in 2021, then I will take them.”
Holder added: “Västervik was the club that gave me the chance to do my first year in Sweden in 2019. It has been frustrating that I have not had the opportunity to help the club during this year as everything has worked out great and I enjoyed it from day one.
“It was hoping that everything would be back to normal and that I would be able to return to Västervik in 2021, but I have had to make a very difficult decision about where I will compete and what is best for me.
“I have had many conversations with Morgan and understand that the club must go forward, but I both hope and want to return to Västervik as soon as the opportunity comes.”
Vastervik have reached an agreement with Russian racer Viktor Kulakov for the 2021 season.
Elsewhere, Dackarna have added German international Kevin Wolbert to their squad, while Polish rider Oskar Fajfer has signed for Piraterna.