SPEEDWAY: Doyle on board for Kilby Memorial
6:00am Saturday 9th February 2013 in By Andy Warren, Deputy sports editor, firstname.lastname@example.org, @AndyWarren_
ELITE League title winner Jason Doyle is set for a return to Blunsdon after being confirmed for the season-opening Bob Kilby Memorial Meeting on March 14.
The Australian was a vital part of the victorious Robins team which ended the club’s 45-year wait for a national title in 2012, and put his body on the line time and again during his first year at the Abbey Stadium.
The 27-year-old became a Robins asset in a swap deal for Maciej Janowski earlier in the winter, but there was no room for him in the 2013 side partly due to the fact he will be riding for Premier League Somerset alongside the retained Nick Morris.
Doyle has since been loaned to Elite League rivals Birmingham, and Robins co-owner Gary Patchett is looking forward to welcoming the popular Australian back to Blunsdon.
“We said we wanted the meeting to involve as many of the riders who won the league last season as possible, and that is exactly what we are doing,” he said.
“Doyley is great to watch who gives everything in every race, and I am sure the fans will show a lot of appreciation for what he did last year.
“It’s a shame we have not been able to fit him into our plans for 2013, and it came down to a toss up between Doyley and a number of other options.
“It would’ve been unworkable for us to have had two riders in the team from the same Premier League club, so that was part of the decision too.”
Doyle will be joined by Troy Batchelor and Nicki Pedersen at the Kilby meeting, which will be run on the same format as the British Final with 16 riders.
Further riders are set to be announced in the coming days, for a meeting which remembers a man who represented the Robins on more than 550 occasions.
Meanwhile, Swindon supporters will have the opportunity to photograph themselves with the Elite League trophy over the coming weeks.
The silverware is being displayed with various sponsors around the town, and supporters are welcome to take their own pictures.
Currently the trophy is on display at long-term sponsors Pebley Beach Hyundai & Suzuki on Paddington Drive.