Photo by Dominika Kolasińska
Date: Friday November 26, 2021
FORMER World Champion Jason Doyle is to make a sensational return to Premiership racing with Ipswich.
2017 GP series winner Doyle last rode in the UK two years ago when he led Swindon to the league title – ironically defeating the Witches in the Grand Final.
The Australian star says the Foxhall side were his first choice after nearly joining the club earlier in his career, and that the British set-up is perfect for his overall schedule.
Doyle said: “I made the decision after this year that I wanted to come back to British Speedway and Chris (Louis) was the first one I spoke to, and obviously from the years before where we were close to signing contracts, I thought it was time to go to Ipswich for the first time.
“For myself, riding a lot in England helps me riding in Poland and in the Grand Prix, and I seem to go a lot better when I’m on the bike and not thinking as much as perhaps I have the last couple of years when I have been doing Poland and Sweden.
“The young kids, they really need to look at the way I do it because for myself I think it benefits my racing when I do go to other major competitions.
“Obviously, we beat Ipswich when I was riding for Swindon, so hopefully I can be in the team with Ipswich to lift the title next season. That’s the main goal for us, just get to that Final and then we can go for it.”
KING’S Lynn will reveal their team for the 2022 Premiership season next week.
The club will have riders and management present at the Adrian Flux Arena to announce the full 1-7 to supporters, sponsors and media on Thursday (Dec 2) – and boss Alex Brady has confirmed there will be new faces after spending hours in talks with riders.
Brady said: “We are making new signings to give the team a fresh feel. We already have Richard Lawson, Thomas Jorgensen and Lewi Kerr on board, and the remaining riders will be largely made up of guys who have never raced for King’s Lynn before.
“We wanted to make the announcement in front of our loyal fans who stuck with us during such a tough 2021 season “I’m very confident the fans will be delighted with what we’ve got. It’s taken quite an effort to get to where we wanted to be, and hours and hours of negotiations.”
BEN Barker is on his way back to Plymouth to complete the Gladiators’ new-look septet for the 2022 Championship season.
Cornishman Barker will be going into his third spell with the Coliseum club, the last of which came six years ago, and he will start the campaign fourth in their averages.
Promoter Mark Phillips said: “To win the league and the KO Cup you have to be incredibly strong at home and have a team that can be competitive and pick up wins and bonus points away.
“We believe that our septet ticks all the right boxes of experience and youth with scope to improve their averages in some cases, and to more than consolidate in others.
“With Ben and Edward (Kennett) being probably the best two riders in the UK on our home track and with Hans (Andersen) and Michael (Palm Toft) both World class internationals in tandem, it will be great to see them help and mentor Alfie (Bowtell), Dan (Gilkes) and Henry (Atkins) to progress.
“I’m delighted with our magnificent seven and can’t wait to start the 2022 season.