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DOYLE AIMING HIGHER IN 2021

Aussie icon Jason Doyle has no intention of “making up the numbers” in SGP 2021 as he sets his sights on more than SGP 2022 qualification.

15 / 02 / 2021, 11:19

Aussie icon Jason Doyle has no intention of “making up the numbers” in SGP 2021 as he sets his sights on more than SGP 2022 qualification.

The Newcastle-born racer has never finished outside the world’s top seven since making his FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut in 2015, and famously lifted the World Championship in Melbourne in 2017.

Since then, Doyle finished seventh in 2018 and 2019, before climbing to sixth spot in last year’s series.

In the last few years I have only been making up the numbers, with being seventh in the world and now sixth. That’s not the position I want to be finishing in this year.

Jason Doyle

While Doyle has always done enough to book his place in the following year’s World Championship, he’s determined to do more this term.

He said: “In the last few years I have only been making up the numbers, with being seventh in the world and now sixth. That’s not the position I want to be finishing in this year.”

Doyle is proud of his record of never needing a wild card to keep his place on the sport’s biggest stage.

He said: “I am always working to make sure I’m not the guy asking for a wild card after the last round. I was lucky enough to get sixth place last season.

“I was hoping I could get fifth position, but it just wasn’t working in Torun again. I wasn’t getting the points I thought I would be able to score around there. But that’s life. I stayed in the top six. Hopefully I can move up a lot more for this year.”

Doyle scored just eight points from the opening two rounds in Wroclaw last term, but admits switching back to some more familiar equipment paid dividends as he reached the rostrum at the next two rounds in Gorzow.

“The first two were an absolute disaster,” he said. “We just had two engines that were never going to work around Wroclaw. It showed – it didn’t matter how hard I rode; we just didn’t have any power.

“We were testing too many things. But we went back to our old stuff with (tuner) Flemming Graversen and that’s what works for me, rather than worrying about what other riders are doing.

“Each rider is different and trying to have an engine like other riders have may not work for me. You just have to go back to basics and ride what you are used to. After that we got rid of those engines and went back to the old stuff. We started going well again.”

Doyle came close to his first SGP win since 2017, when he hounded Bartosz Zmarzlik to the finish line on the world champion’s home track Gorzow in round three. That was the moment that proved he was back on form.

JD added: “It showed we had that speed again and it gave me that little bit of confidence to know I was back and mixing it with the top guys.”

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