Jason Doyle crowned FIM World Speedway champion in Melbourne
- Credit: Ian Burt
Jason Doyle was crowed the FIM World Speedway champion in Melbourne at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.
The 32-year-old, who lives in Norwich, claimed his first world title with a superb performance at the Etihad.
Doyle needed just eight points to ensure victory over Polish rider Patryk Dudek but managed to secure the championship in spectacular fashion, taking 19 points including overall GP victory.
'My wife Emily deserves this trophy as much as me because she has been to hell and back,' Doyle said. 'The last two weeks I have been a human calculator, trying to work out what was going to happen if I got five points, six points.
'But today I just thought 'win it or bin it' — the same as I have done all year.
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'I rode pretty hard and it worked in the first three rides and flowed from there. Once that monkey of the title came off my back, it just seemed to work.'
Doyle, who led the Swindon Robins to SGB Premiership success this season, made a flying start, securing a heat win in his first outing and three heats later he picked up another win, meaning he needed jut a point in heat 10 to confirm championship victory.
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Doyle went on to secure his third victory of the night.
The win capped an epic turnaround for the man who last year was poised to claim his maiden world title before suffering serious injury — a smashed shoulder, elbow, punctured lung and nine broken ribs — resulting from the fall — at the GP of Poland just weeks before the Melbourne event.
AUSTRALIAN FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX results: Jason Doyle 19 (1st), Tai Woffinden 16 (2nd), Bartosz Zmarzlik 13 (3rd), Patryk Dudek 15 (4th), Matej Zagar 10, Martin Vaculik 9, Maciej Janowski 9, Emil Sayfutdinov 8, Rohan Tungate 6 (res), Martin Smolinski 6, Peter Kildemand 6, Antonio Lindback 4, Justin Sedgmen 4, Brady Kurtz 3 (res), Chris Holder 3, Davey Watt 3, Sam Masters 2, Piotr Pawlicki 2.
FINAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 12 of 12): Jason Doyle 161 (1st), Patryk Dudek 143 (2nd), Tai Woffinden 131 (3rd), Maciej Janowski 122, Bartosz Zmarzlik 121, Emil Sayfutdinov 117, Matej Zagar 107, Fredrik Lindgren 107, Martin Vaculik 99, Chris Holder 86, Piotr Pawlicki 81, Antonio Lindback 77, Peter Kildemand 60, Greg Hancock 45, Niels-Kristian Iversen 44, Vaclav Milik 32, Martin Smolinski 25.