Niels-Kristian Iversen has a slight advantage over Jason Doyle in Wednesday’s first leg. Picture: COLIN BURNETT
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the bikes going and ride the final two meetings.
ASON Doyle paid tribute to right-hand man Mark Seabright for getting his bikes to tapes in the Knockout Cup final despite a workshop fire.
The 2017 World Champion’s equipment was salvaged from the blaze at Seabright’s home on the Sunday before with the mechanic working around the clock to get everything shipshape for Somerset’s showpiece.
Doyle bagged 11 in the home leg as the Rebels racked up a 16-point advantage with a further nine in a 45-45 draw 24 hours later enough to grasp the gong.
The Aussie felt it had been a fitting reward for his support cast and closest allies, not only on the back of a dramatic weekend but a campaign that featured highs and lows.
“These are the bits people don’t get to see,” said Doyle.
“My mechanics, my wife Emily and my family see the struggles of
“It could have been a very different story with how the fire spread and damaged so much of his work.
“I also want to thank Mark’s wife Becky and son Tyler, they are going into their fifth season with me now – I have such a great team and you need that when times are tough.
“I am a bit of a hot head but they are the mellow ones and it is nice to have that balance in the team.”
The victory brought down the chequered flag on a successful second season in the top tier for a Doyle-led Somerset side that went agonisingly close to the SGB Premiership Grand Final.
“It was great to win the cup for everyone involved, especially the Hancock family who have been a great support to me. Somerset is a top club to ride for,” added Doyle.
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this sport. People only see the highs and think it is glitz and glamour all the way.
“We have had a bit of a tough run this year and I have been very hard on my mechanics. They know where they stand, when times are tough they need to work more than ever and I am really lucky to have some very strong guys around me, Mark especially.
“He has been a mentor as much as a mechanic over here and great with me. We had some awful luck when his workshop caught fire but were lucky to be able to keep
Congratulations for top scorer Nico Covatti from Garry May and
Debbie Hancock. Picture: PHIL HILTON
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17 KNOCKOUT CUP FINAL, 1st leg
SOMERSET 53 J.Doyle ....................3 2 2 1 3 - - 11 Rider replacement – Aaron Summers C.Wright ..................3 3 X 3 2* - - 11+1 R.Lawson ................0 1 1* 3 - - - 5+1 C.Harris ....................2* M 1 3 - - - 6+1 J.Allen ......................2* 0 3 2 R 1 - 8+1 N.Covatti ..................1 3 1* 2* 3 0 2* 12+3 Team manager: Garry May
KING’S LYNN 37 R.Lambert ................1 0 3 0 0 - - 4 E.Riss ......................0 2 2 2* - - - 6+1 T.Proctor ..................1* 1 1 1 - - - 4+1 T.Jorgensen ............2 0 3 2 - - - 7 N.Iversen..................1 3 3 2 1 - - 10 T.Aarnio ....................2* 0 0 R - - - 2+1 S.Lambert ................3 0 1* 0 - - - 4+1 Team manager: Dale Allitt Referee: Ronnie Allan
1 Doyle, Allen, R.Lambert, Riss, 56.31 (5-1) 2 S.Lambert, Aarnio, Covatti, Allen, 58.18 (6-6) 3 Wright, Jorgensen, Proctor, Lawson, 57.50 (9-9) 4 Covatti, Harris, Iversen, S.Lambert, 57.31 (14-10) 5 Wright, Riss, Lawson, R.Lambert, 57.19 (18-12) 6 (re-run) Iversen, Doyle, Covatti, Aarnio, 57.31 (21-15) 7 Allen, Covatti, Proctor, Jorgensen, Harris (exc. 2 min),
57.44 (26-16) 8 (re-run) Covatti, Riss, S.Lambert, Wright (f.exc), 58.33 (29-19) 9 Iversen, Allen, Lawson, Aarnio, 58.32 (32-22)
10 Jorgensen, Doyle, Proctor, Covatti, 58.25 (34-26) 11 R.Lambert, Riss, Harris, Allen (ret), 58.06 (35-31) 12 Wright, Covatti, Proctor, Aarnio (ret), 58.69 (40-32) 13 Harris, Iversen, Doyle, R.Lambert, 58.37 (44-34) 14 (re-run) Lawson, Jorgensen, Allen, S.Lambert, 59.13 (48-36) 15 Doyle, Wright, Iversen, R.Lambert, 59.18 (53-37)
CHARLES Wright lived up to his hero’s welcome to ensure old boss Garry May gained a firm grip on the Knockout Cup.
The guest sailed to three wins in four unbeaten rides either side of his shoulder popping out and back in again in a dramatic Heat 8 crash that would have ended the night for many riders.
But while May’s masterstroke worked a treat, power at the top and bottom of the order proved just as important with Jason Doyle and Nico Covatti registering double figures.
At 9-9 following three uneventful heats, Covatti bounced back from a tricky opener to sail up the inside of Chris Harris to lead a second Somerset maximum and hand the hosts a four-point lead.
Wright made it six before Niels-Kristian Iversen’s blast around the outside of Doyle stemmed the tide in a shared sixth.
Harris missed the two minutes but the Rebels reserves made light work of the seventh with Jake Allen roaring around the outside and Covatti budging past Ty Proctor.
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