2017 World Speedway Champion, Jason Doyle, has joined the Peter Craven Memorial field and has expressed his delight in helping to commemorate Belle Vue’s 90th anniversary on March 24.
One of the most exciting and competitive riders in action today, the 32-year old Aussie stood on top of the world in Melbourne at the end of last season after clinching his first world title.
British Speedway received a major boost when Doyle confirmed his return to the Premiership in 2018, riding full-time with the Somerset Rebels; a club with whom he has spent many years.
He will commence the defence of his world crown in Warsaw on May 12 amongst a whole host of up-and-coming youngsters who are fast proving to be formidable opponents on the world stage.
“I’ve never been in a situation where I was defending a world title. It was amazing to seal the win in my home Grand Prix but I’ll be going into this season with an open mind.
“Laps are at a premium at this time of year so to be able to launch my British season in such a big meeting and on such a fantastic track I think is too good an opportunity to miss.
“It’s all very well doing practice, but it’s not enough competing with only yourself. From what I’ve seen so far, Lemo [Mark Lemon] has put together a strong field with some very talented riders.
It’s nice to go into these meetings with no pressure on your shoulders. It’s all about the prestige of winning and the honour of taking part; I like to ease back into my racing after the winter.”
Tickets for the 2018 Peter Craven Memorial are now on-sale via the club’s website. The evening, which will feature many other motorcycling disciplines, gets underway at the earlier time of 6pm.
Photo - Ian Charles