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Images fro the final round of the 2017 Speedway GP season from Melbourne, Australia


Oct 282017

Winning a world championship requires a lot of different things; talent, dedication, hard work, luck and perhaps mostly, desire.
Well there is nobody who married those ingredients together better than the new Speedway World Champion Jason Doyle, the man who battled on with a broken foot and finally clinched his first world title in front of his home fans at the final round of the season in Melbourne, Australia.
Doyle held a handy lead over rookie Patryk Dudek going into the last round and only a miracle would see him let the gold slip, but he made no mistake and blew the roof off the Etihad Stadium by taking victory on the night too. Talk about doing it in style…
Doyle’s rise from journeyman league racer to the best in the world has been nothing short of incredible but he was pushed all the way by Dudek, who enjoyed the best rookie season in recent history to wrap up second overall.

Despite his disappointment at coming so close to the ultimate prize, he was stoked with how his debut year in the GP series went, “Hmmm, how do I feel? I am excited because it’s my first season and I didn’t know what would happen at the start of the year and my target was to finish in the top eight so I could stay in for next year, so to finish the season as the second best rider in world speedway is a beautiful moment for me.
“I hope Poland is very proud of me, it has been a great season and we achieved our goal so now we can focus on 2018 and trying to do even better. The main thing for me is to stay in the top eight and always be in the GP so we are very happy. It has been a hard season but we have a medal at the end so it’s a good season. Well done to Jason, he had an amazing year and deserves to be the champion."

It looked like as if Duzers was going to end the season on a high by winning the last round and he was enjoying a classic duel with Doyle in the final, but his bike gave up on the third lap and he had to settle for fourth on the night.
The final place on the 2017 podium went to double world champ Tai Woffinden, who kept up his awesome run of top-four finishes  - he's not been outside the top four in in the last five years - and reminded everyone that he’s still one of the very best in the game.

“It was a cool feeling to race in Australia again because I grew up here and I always get a nice welcome, so I enjoyed it. We came into the night focussed on trying to get second overall, we knew it was a long shot but anything is possible and we could’ve done it but that quickly ended so I focussed on the bronze.
“Once I’d secured that we could forget about the medal situation and actually focus on the GP
trying“I know I’m capable of being even better and I’m really looking forward to the future.  I have to
to win it and we nearly got there. I had a good race with Zmarzlik in the final for second place on the night and we got that and ended on the podium, and got in the top three of the championship again, so it’s been a solid season.
saya big thanks to my fans from all over the world who support me in my quest to be World Champion again, it’s awesome to get so much support.
“Now I’m just looking ahead to next season!”

The night, though, undoubtedly belonged to Doyle, the 2017 FIM Speedway World Champion. Enjoy it, Champ!


2017 Speedway Grand Prix Series – Final Standings
1 - Jason Doyle – 161 points
2  - Patryk Dudek – 143 points
3 – Tai Woffinden – 131 points

4 – Maciej Janowski – 122 points
5 – Bartosz Zmarzlik – 121 points
6 – Emil Sayfutdinov – 117 points
7 – Matej Zagar – 107 points
8 – Fredrik Lindgren – 107 points
9 – Martin Vaculik – 99 points
10 – Chris Holder – 85 points
11 – Piotr Pawlicki – 81 points
12 – Antonio Lindback – 77 points
13 – Peter Kildemand – 60 points
14 – Greg Hancock – 45 points
15 – Niels Kristian Iversen – 44 points