Aussie ace Jason Doyle apologised to British club Ipswich after a delayed flight forced him out of their trip to Belle Vue on Monday night.

The 2017 Speedway GP world champion was due to fly from Poznan to London Stansted on a Ryanair flight but was forced to deplane due to a technical fault, delaying his departure by five hours.

This meant he was unable to make it to Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium in time for the Rowe Motor Oil Premiership clash.

Posting on Instagram, the gutted Norwich-based racer said: “Sorry to Ipswich Witches. Ryanair plane had a technical problem, and they didn't fix it within five hours, so I didn't have a chance to get another flight back to Belle Vue tonight.”

With Ipswich only able to draft in a guest up to 75 percent of Doyle’s average, they hastily booked locally-based Charles Wright to cover as the Aces triumphed 55-35 over the Witches, who were already without injured captain Danny King.

Speedway GP star Dan Bewley led the Belle Vue charge on 12 paid 14 points, with Aussie racer Brady Kurtz tallying 12 and former World Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey collecting 10. Guest Ryan Douglas was Ipswich’s top scorer on 11 paid 12.

Doyle will hope for a smoother end to the week when he launches his World Championship challenge for 2024 at the FIM Speedway GP of Croatia in Donji Kraljevec on Saturday.