World Speedway champion Jason Doyle lifted the prestigious Peter Craven Memorial Trophy on Saturday after a hard-fought final with Belle Vue Aces‰Ûª favourite Steve Worrall 2nd and Kenneth Bjerre 3rd.
Worrall came through his opening five rides almost flawlessly, dropping just two points in his fourth while Bjerre found his mojo at the National Speedway Stadium after a disappointing start.
The pair surged through to the grand final as the meeting‰Ûªs top two scorers, leaving Jason Doyle to battle through a GP-calibre semi-final against Craig Cook, Dan Bewley and Scott Nicholls.
Swindon stalwart Troy Batchelor was also in the running for a shot at the podium but missed out on a place in the semi-final on count-back, having failed to secure a heat win from his five rides.
Doyle joins the likes of speedway legends Ivan Mauger, Chris Morton and Jason Crump as a Peter Craven Memorial winner and couldn‰Ûªt hide his delight at kicking off his season with a trophy.