Thursday March 28, 2019
JASON DOYLE has dismissed reports he’s had more surgery on his foot on the eve of the 2019 Swindon campaign.

The former World Champion quashed social media rumours that he’d gone under the knife to have the metal plate in his right foot removed.

The 33-year-old broke his foot in three places 19 months ago, during his world championship season in 2017, after crashing heavily during heat 14 of a Polish Ekstraliga match between Zielona Gora and Torun.

Doyle will finally take to the track on his return to Swindon at the Abbey on April 11 - a circuit which has gone under extensive work in recent weeks.

He said: “I didn’t have any operations at the end of the season. I did an interview in October and I said I’d think about getting the plate out, but I didn’t have that operation so the metal is still in my foot.

“My foot is good, well as good as it could be after smashing it to pieces. I’ve been running on it for nearly two months now. I had to do a lot of running off the treadmill and on the road instead, but it’s feeling good.”

The gritty Aussie also admitted he keeps his training a secret and won’t be following the latest craze of getting lighter.

He added: “There is a lot of training that we do and I try to keep it a secret because I don’t like putting a lot of stuff on social media. I prefer to be secretive about my training.

“The big craze at the moment with a lot of riders is to get as light as possible. But when I’ve done that before, I used to get sick on the plane journeys all the time. I’m guessing from the air condition because you get the flu and all the bugs when your immune system’s down.

“So personally I’m trying to get in that happy-medium place; sit at the right weight for myself and also be healthy.

“What has changed is we don’t have a beer at the bar with the fans after a meeting anymore, which is a shame.

“Now we normally go straight to Sweden or Poland after our home or away matches - so we don’t have that time to party and go out with the fans. But it has become a sport that now puts a lot of attention on fitness.”

Doyle has been hit with so many injuries including breaking his neck twice but he admits it doesn’t slow down his passion.

He added: “I can’t really remember how many injuries I’ve had to be honest. Like I’ve said a few times before, I think I’ve got a longer list of injuries than achievements.

“But it was all worthwhile when I won the world title. You can forget about the injuries - but I’ve certainly had a few.

“The mental side is the hardest thing to come back from. I feel mentally strong. After so many knocks and crashes it can play a toll on your mental state.

“The hardest ones are when you break serious bones. When I broke my neck in Melbourne, I was very lucky and my family know how hard it was to come back from that.

“I also hate seeing fellow riders crash and if I see someone I’m usually the first one over to help the paramedics. When you’re laying on the track the first thing you want to see is a rider or someone you know personally.

“After I’d smashed my foot to pieces, I may have been laying in hospital but I didn’t give it a thought that I wouldn’t ride in the following Grand Prix.

“I knew it was going to be tough, but I also knew if I could get on that bike and ride four laps I could at least score a few points. I ended up winning 15 with a broken foot - and it helped me win the world title.”

Doyle, despite only being 33, has one eye on what he would like to do before he’s done with the sport.

He added: “I’d like to help young riders - but the hardest thing these days is they don’t listen.

“I’ve tried to help a few young kids and try to give them advice, but they always know best and they don’t listen - that’s the hardest thing for me.

“If they don’t listen once, then I don’t give them a second chance. I’d like to help a few young kids - it doesn’t matter if they’re Australian or English or another nationality - as I’d just like to help a few kids find their way and see them succeed.”

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