KING: DOYLE CAN SPARK IPSWICH TITLE BID

PAUL BURBIDGE

Former British champion Danny King believes “team man” Jason Doyle could help Ipswich storm to SGB Premiership glory this season.

Aussie ace Doyle makes a popular return to British speedway after spending the last two years racing in Poland and Sweden.

The 2017 world champion led Swindon to the first and only league and cup double in the club’s history in 2019, following up title wins in Robins colours in 2012 and 2017.

The Witches are hoping he can bring his magic touch to Foxhall this term as he teams up with King, Troy Batchelor, Erik Riss, Cameron Heeps, Paul Starke and Anders Rowe.

And King believes Norwich-based Doyle’s spirit in the pits could make all the difference. He said: “The beauty of Jason is he is very down to earth. He’s a team man and that’s what you need when you have someone of his calibre.

“I think the mixture of riders we have there is going to be really good. It all depends on what happens on the track, but I firmly believe that if everyone rides to their capabilities, we will be there at the end of the year. Potentially, it could be a good year.”

Signing riders on low starting averages makes all the difference in a title chase and King believes there is plenty of room for improvement in the Ipswich team.

He said: “I am pleased – really pleased. It’s full of riders who are coming off a poor year and they are all likely to put points on their average. When you have a team that’s putting points on their average, it’s good news.

“Obviously it needs to be done on the track, but we have Troy Batchelor, who is an ex-Grand Prix rider, coming in on a low average after a bad year.

“He’s not going to do that again. He’s doubling up and he has plenty of track time. I can see Troy getting back to being an 8.00 rider. Riss and Cameron Heeps are guys who are capable of pushing on to a 7.00 or 8.00-point average.”

King is also keen to extend Ipswich’s season into the play-offs this year after they fell short in 2021.

“It was really frustrating,” he said. “It was bittersweet because I want my teams to succeed more than anything.

“Although the Ipswich season didn’t go to plan, mine certainly did and I finished on over an 8.00 average. I probably had one of my best seasons to date at Ipswich.

“It was tough for the team, but I can take a lot of positives from it and hopefully we can channel that into this year, get the whole team firing and make the play-offs.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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