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
I am very sad that I will miss last meeting in Lions colours. As you know I broke my scapula at Poole after crash when ride as a joker. When Norrie gave me black/white cover I wanted to do my best. In hospital when get information what’s happened only what I thought about was to be back on track asap, especially when doctors said my season should be finished. I wanted back asap and help all my clubs in Poland, Sweden and UK.
Till last Sunday I didn’t know how I will look during racing. I felt strong enough to race, but on my first heat I had crash and I hit my back and head on the fence. My helmet was broken. Till I had adrenaline after it I felt ok, but last heats I didn’t have enough power to race.
My physio doctor said to make few days break again and get few more days of treatment, that’s why I can’t come for meeting.
I want to thank you all again for warm welcome and for me it was big pleasure to race at Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium when saw your cheering. Hope will be occasion to come for Dinner and Dance to thank you all for amazing time at Leicester.
Want to thank also David and Sarah from club for their help and trust, Norrie and my mechanic Lee who helped me also at Poole hospital, Peter and Karen Fox, team mates and all people around Leicester Lions – you are awesome! Hope will be chance to back there in 2015!
Poole collected all four league points but it was by no means certain until the dying stages of the meeting as the Rapid Solicitors Lions put up a strong resistance, finally going under by 49 points to 41.
In a meeting where the lead changed hands five times in the first ten heats, Leicester, who tracked two Premier League guests for Krzysztof Buczkowski and Mads Korneliussen were a match for the visitors as first the lead swung one way and then another. Jason Doyle set the ball rolling with a win in the opening race and Rohan Tungate, in for Buczkowski followed him home. Simon Stead was unbeaten from his opening two rides and Gino Manzares was placed in each of his four appearances. Meanwhile Poole were equal to Leicester with Kyle Newman yet again in devastating form and his win in Heat 14 ahead of teammate Dakota North sealed the Lions fate.
“It was a close run match until the final two races when they scored nine points to our three but overall I was really pleased at how my team performed against a strong Poole team. Rohan Tungate and Gino Manzares were late replacements for Krzysztof Buczkowski and Mads Korneliussen and their attitude was spot on. I could not have wished for any greater commitment from Rohan and Gino and I think by the reaction of the fans at the end of the match they too appreciated their efforts” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.
Leicester 41 points: Jason Doyle 13, Rohan Tungate 7+1, Gino Manzares 5, Nicolai Klindt 3, Simon Stead 6+1, Josh Bates 4+1 and Max Clegg 3
Poole 49 points: Davey Watt 5+1, Josh Grajczonek 6, Nick Morris 5, Dakota North 10+1, Maciej Janowski 9, Benji Compton 3+1 and Kyle Newman 11+1
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