Promoter David Hemsley and his Team Manager Norrie Allan attended the final round of the Grand Prix series in Poland on Saturday and whilst there they planned to open talks with Jason Doyle and another unnamed rider who was racing in the meeting that night. Doyle, who has qualified for next season’s competition after finishing second after a run-off with Matej Zagar in Italy last month was also in the country as he had been selected for the Rest of the World team to face Poland on Sunday at Rybnik.
A preliminary discussion took place between Jason Doyle and Norrie Allan on practice day at the Grand Prix at the Torun track in Poland but unfortunately the Rapid Solicitors Lions number 1 was unable to make the appointment on Saturday to talk to Hemsley.
“It was a little disappointing that the meeting did not happen but it was not a total waste of time as it gave me an opportunity to have a discussion with another rider who we are interested in offering terms to and Norrie was able to sound out other options we have in mind about the possibility of riding for Leicester next season. We acknowledge that we can only go so far with team building plans because until the points limit has been decided at next month’s Annual General Meeting we are unsure of what numbers we have to play with in terms of riders’ averages. What is for certain is that we are committed to building a team that has the potential to play a part in the chase for honours next season. To do that our home form has to be more robust than it was and whilst we picked up the odd consolation bonus point away from home those near misses will need to be converted into wins if we are to achieve our goal of improving upon the results of the season just ended” commented David Hemsley.
The season may have just ended for the Rapid Solicitors Lions but Promoter David Hemsley is already thinking about the team that he would like to see represent the club next year. The Lions ended their first season in the Elite League a disappointing last and that is a position that Hemsley does not want to see replicated in 2015. “Attendance wise it was a success and for that reason alone it endorsed the decision to move into the top division. The level of racing and quality of competitor was that much better than we had seen before as most weeks a Grand Prix rider featured in the visiting team at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. Looking back we had our moments and at one stage went six matches unbeaten at home before injuries took their toll. The one big positive to take from the season was the arrival of Jason Doyle on the world stage and he has deservedly earned his place in next season’s Grand Prix series which of course presents us with a challenge if he decides to return for a second season at Leicester as each of the rounds of the competition are staged on Saturday’s, our normal race night, but that will not get in the way of talking to Jason this weekend” explained Hemsley.
Hemsley, accompanied by his Team Manager Norrie Allan is due to travel out to Poland today to open talks with Jason Doyle who is attending the last round of the Speedway Grand Prix at the Torun track. “Jason is my top priority to secure his signature for 2015. He became an instant hit with Lions fans and I know that they will be delighted if talks come to fruition at the weekend. I don’t see that a clash of commitments between Leicester and the staging of the Grand Prix meetings will be a problem as I am formulating plans for a workaround as and when Jason will be missing but I cannot divulge what they are until I have cleared it with our governing body. Whilst we are in Poland I will be taking the opportunity to talk to a current Grand Prix rider about the possibility of joining Leicester. At this moment in time it would be unfair to name him but should we be successful the rider in question will add a new dimension to the team and create a powerful spearhead with Jason. It was an area we lacked at the top end of the team last season and I believe it is essential that we rectify the situation going forward” added Hemsley.
Jason Doyle rounded off a successful season with third place in last night’s Elite League Riders Championship final at King’s Lynn. The Leicester number one ended the qualifying heats joint top of the leader-board with twelve points which enabled him to be seeded through to the final where he met the in-form Matej Zagar and the two qualifiers from the semi-final, Troy Batchelor and Maciej Janowski.
It was Doyle’s Australian World Cup teammate Troy Batchelor who stole the show in the final followed by Poole’s stand-in captain Maciej Janowski which left Jason battling for third place with Matej Zagar.
“It has been a memorable year for Jason who is now being thought of as one of the top riders in world speedway. It was a worrying time he had before the season started when there was no guarantee that Jason would receive a work permit to ride over here to where the season has ended is truly astonishing. All the hard work and dedication has paid off and he can now look forward to pushing his career a step further next year when he will feature in the Grand Prix competition, the dream of every rider. Jason’s double top three finish in Italy and King’s Lynn this week has been tremendous news for Leicester Speedway and so too has Simon Stead’s win in the Premier League Riders’ Championship on Sunday and Josh Bates silver medal in the British Under-19 Championship earlier this month” enthused the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.
Photograph courtesy of Phil Hilton Photography
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