speedway champ Jason Doyle to join Somerset Rebels team
Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway team have given their
fans a super Christmas present by announcing the final three riders
for their 2018 line-up, led by current speedway world champion Jason
Rebels will be led in 2018 by Doyle, who will be returning to the
Oaktree Arena for his third spell at the club.
first rode for Somerset in 2008, helping the club to KO Cup success
that year, he returning in 2012 for a 2-season stint, which culminated
in the Rebels first-ever league championship title, the club doing
the double that year with further KO Cup success, whilst
Doyle teamed up with Josh Grajczonek to lift the Premier League
Pairs crown for the first time in the clubs history.
season saw Doyle lead Swindon to the SGB Premiership title, and
on a personal level, the Norwich-based rider was finally crowned
World Speedway Champion after injury had snatched the title from
his grasp the previous season.
very happy to be back at Somerset Rebels for 2018!" said Doyle
upon the announcement.
wanted to race British speedway next season and there is no better
way to do it than with Somerset!"
think this was the signing all Somerset fans had hoped for, but
perhaps never though it would actually happen, said Rebels
team manager Garry May, but I know that Jason considers Somerset
has his home as far as speedway is concerned, and his
signing is a statement of intent by the club for the 2018 campaign."
in the side will be the 2016 Danish under-21 champion, Jonas Jeppesen,
pictured below who will be making his full UK racing debut
when the tapes rise on the 2018 campaign.
has been endorsed by none other than Bjarne Pedersen, the 19-year-old,
having ridden in the same Holsted team in Denmark as Pedersen, as
well as ex-Rebel Rasmus Jensen.
had been tracking Jonas results in Europe throughout last
season and asked Bjarne if he felt that the lad was ready for coming
over to the UK what with 2018 being his first season of racing in
the UK, but Bjarne felt that Jonas was more than ready for the challenge,"
said Rebels team manager Garry May.
for the rider himself, Jeppesen is looking forward to riding for
the Rebels in 2018. "I am really happy to get to ride for Somerset
next year, he said, the track looks really good and
well prepared and it has been easy to work with the management.
Really looking forward to the new challenge and hope I can prove
myself and Somerset will have a good year."
next new rider to be announced is one who will need no introductions
to Somerset fans as 2018 will be his 6th successive season with
the Rebels - Charles Wright, pictured below.
much a fans favourite, Wright had an exceptional 2017 to finish
2nd in the teams official end of season averages, and is more
than delighted to be returning to the Oaktree Arena;
about the club is just superb," he said, "the promotion,
the fans, absolutely everything. The promotion look after you and
the fans are really appreciative of their riders, even when things
arent quite going to plan, they are also there giving you
support, which is a great feeling."
tested the waters last year in the Premiership, the club have a
better idea of what to expect and I am sure that we will be a much
different proposition with that debut season behind us."
of Wrights signing, team manager Garry May knew that it would
be well received by the fans;
I hadnt included Charles in the septet then I dont think
the Somerset fans would have let me back into the Oaktree Arena,
he joked, He is the type of ride that the fans love to see,
all-action with a never-say-die attitude, and although he might
provide everyone with one or two scary moments every now and then,
to be honest, I wouldnt want it any other way with Charles!"