A PERFECT start in Sweden will help take the pressure off tonight, says Speedway Grand Prix series leader Jason Doyle.

The Swindon Robins skipper, who has not featured for the Abbey Stadium side since his accident at King’s Lynn Stars two weeks ago, heads to Malilla leading the way on 78 points as the GP series returns from a short break.

However, while Doyle has been the model of consistency up to the halfway stage of the competition, making every final to date and winning in the Czech Republic, the Australian admits he needs to concentrate on the early heats.

Apart from the Danish GP, Doyle concedes he has left himself a lot to do late on to make the semi-finals and wants to improve that side of things with six meetings left.

“There’s a lot to play for at the moment,” he told the Advertiser.

“I think Horsens was the only one where I started well and I made it easily into the semi-finals.

“The rest of the Grands Prix, I’ve had to work very hard to make it to the finals.

“We need to get off to a better start and this is the key to taking the pressure off.

“We can’t do it in the last heat before the semis.

“I think it comes down to being really busy and tired. It takes a little bit to get into the rhythm but it is Grand Prix speedway and there is not an easy race, they are all like having heat 15s.

“At the moment this year, it’s very strong and you have to do well to get into the semis and then anything is possible from there.”

Polish riders Maciej Janowski, who has won the last two Grands Prix in Cardiff and Horsens, and Patryk Dudek sit firmly on Doyle’s coattails in the world standings, both just three points behind.

The duo, who ride for Swedish team Dackarna, will have home track advantage this evening and Doyle is hoping they take it easy on him.

“It wouldn’t matter who is chasing me down,” he said.

“The Poles are on form at the moment, Maciej and Patryk have both been flying in all leagues. It is going to be a difficult one this weekend with the pair of them having home advantage with their Swedish club.

“It’s a really special track. You could either have a real good one or a real bad one. We know what is up for grabs and I know we need to push hard for the World Championship.

“It’s Patryk’s first season in the Grand Prix and he has done very well for himself and he has a few more years left in him in the Grand Prix series so hopefully he can let the old boy go through and I guess his time will come.

“There’s a lot of pressure and there’s a lot of different things the newcomers need to learn and the last few years, I have learnt the hard way.”