Doyle is the star for Swindon Robins
JASON Doyle was more concerned by securing victory over Birmingham than he was of basking in his own personal moment of glory.
Swindon edged out the Brummies 48-42 at Blunsdon last night, and Doyle starred with 12 paid 13 as the Robins bagged their fourth Elite League win in a row.
And Aussie Doyle was pleased to provide ‘backup’ to those riders that didn’t hit their full potential in the Abbey Stadium clash.
“I’m happy to get 13 round here,” he said.
“We were struggling tonight, I think we took it a little bit easy and Birmingham did their job and pushed us all the way.
“There’s riders that have to step in and do a job. I had a good meeting this week and last week I didn’t, so hopefully there’s always someone to back a rider up. That’s what a team’s for.”
Robins boss Alun Rossiter made just one change from the previous night’s 48-45 win at Coventry, with Doyle restored to the septet at number two.
For Birmingham’s part, skipper Danny King was unfit to ride due to the injuries he sustained in the British Final so rider replacement was used instead, while Ricky Ashworth made his debut in place of the unavailable Ben Barker.
Swindon shot into an early lead as two falls for Josh Auty and Kyle Newman helped the hosts’ cause.
However, number one Pedersen came in as rider replacement in heat three and he and Ashworth sandwiched Troy Batchelor for a 4-2.
Then Seb Ulamek and Martin Smolinski silenced the Abbey with a maximum, the latter overhauling home favourite Peter Kildemand at the end of lap one in the process.
Pedersen continued to blaze a trail in heat six and it was left to Doyle and Robins skipper Hans Andersen to restore the narrow home lead with a simple 5-1 in the following race.
But Birmingham wouldn’t go away. Ulamek won from the gate and then, in spite of Doyle’s third victory of the night, heat eight was a second 3-3 in a row.
Another drawn heat followed in race nine, before Swindon secured their second maximum of the night, Andersen gaining a win at the third attempt with Doyle in tow.
Again, though, the Brummies showed their steel and resilience, Pedersen taking another cracking win and the inspired Smolinski repeating the trick in heat 12.
A drawn heat next time out saw Birmingham two points down with two races to go.
Lampart battled superbly to secure third in the penultimate race as Swindon grabbed a 4-2, before the same result followed in the final showdown, Batchelor tracking down Pedersen with half a lap to go.
Swindon now hold a one-point lead at the top of the Elite League after Poole secured a losing point in their 48-44 defeat at Peterborough yesterday evening.
Rossiter’s troops are next in action against the latter side on Monday, who they face at the East of England