SWINDON Robins skipper Jason Doyle will defy medical advice this evening when lining up in the opening round of the Speedway Grand Prix series in Warsaw – less than a fortnight after his bone-shattering crash in Poland.

Doyle, 33, punctured his lung and broke a rib after crashing heavily while representing Polish club Torun in their home Ekstraliga fixture against Czestochowa.

The Australian was hospitalised before promptly returning to his UK base in Norwich to start his recovery process.

Typically, the brave former world champion has declared himself fit to race in front of a capacity crowd at the PGE Narodowy in Poland’s capital tonight (6pm BST).

And Robins boss Alun Rossiter says news of Doyle’s recovery does not surprise him one bit.

“I’ve messaged him a couple of times to check in and make sure everything is okay,” said Rossiter.

“I asked him if he’s planning to be back on Monday (for Swindon’s meeting against Belle Vue Aces) and he told me that’s not a problem.

“From that, I told him I presumed he was riding in the Grand Prix on Saturday – he said: ‘Too right!’.”

Doyle will face stiff competition in this year’s Grand Prix series.

British hope Tai Woffinden will bid to land a fourth world title, while Bartosz Zmarzlik and Patryk Dudek will be looking to spark their chase for a first world championship title into life in front of more than 50,000 adoring Polish fans.

After winning the world title two years ago, despite nursing his way through that season with a broken foot, Rossiter insists his Robins skipper has another championship in him.

But at the same time, the Swindon boss admits Woffinden’s form will make it tough for the Aussie to establish some early breathing room.

He added: “Jason has definitely got another world title in him, he’s always been there or thereabouts.

“A few changes have been made to his team this year, and I think that will be good for him.

“Freshening things up can help prevent things turning stale.

“Jason obviously felt things needed changing – and he’s done that.”

Meanwhile, GB boss Rossiter will be keeping a keen eye on the progress of Robert Lambert – who will race in the Grand Prix series for the foreseeable future after popular American Greg Hancock was forced to pull out of the competition’s opening round due to his wife’s breast cancer diagnosis.

Rossiter pledged his thoughts towards the Hancock family, after the American broke the devastating news earlier this month.

“Robert (Lambert) won’t be going there to make the numbers up,” said Rossiter.

“I’m sure if he gets out of the gate or has an opportunity to come from behind, then he will do his best. But my thoughts go out to Greg and his family at this hard time.”