FORMER world speedway champion Jason Doyle admits a return to Swindon Robins following Somerset Rebels' drop to the Championship was a ‘no-brainer’ after he was confirmed as Alun Rossiter’s first rider for the 2019 SGB Premiership season on Tuesday morning.

Doyle, 33, spent three seasons with the Robins in 2012, 2016 and 2017, with moves to Leicester Lions and Birmingham Brummies sandwiched between his two stints at the Abbey Stadium.

The Aussie was left out of Rossiter’s plans for 2018, though, and instead raced for Somerset after a controversial rule introduced in the winter allowed teams to sign only one rider with an average of eight or above.

With club bosses opting to scrap the controversial law at this month’s AGM, Robins owner Terry Russell, promoter Colin Pratt and team manager Rossiter acted quickly to secure Doyle’s signature for 2019.

With contracts already signed with Polish giant Torun and Swedish prospects Rospiggarna, Doyle needed no second invitation to return to the Abbey Stadium for a third time.

He said: “I was in King’s Lynn last week and I saw Colin Pratt – Terry Russell was there as well.

“We spoke face to face to see what was going to happen next year. It’s always nice to deal with Terry and Colin – they’ve been in the sport for so long and what they say is what you get.

“A lot of clubs change contracts and don’t want to pay as much money, but I’ve never had a problem with Swindon and I’m also an asset of the club, so to go back to the Abbey Stadium was a no-brainer and quite an easy choice in the end.”

Racing in Poland, Sweden, England and in the World Championship series next season means Doyle will spend the majority of his summer either on his bike, on the road or in the air.

Sundays will be spent in Poland before Doyle jets back to England on Monday for Premiership commitments with the Robins.

The Newcastle-born star will then fly to Sweden on Tuesdays before flying back to England on Wednesdays in preparation for more Premiership action on Thursdays, with Grand Prix practice sessions dictating his Fridays and the Grand Prix events taking place on the Saturday.

With days off few and far between, Doyle insists keeping busy is the best way for him to stay sharp on the bike as he looks to earn his second world title following his seventh-placed finish in this year’s series.

Doyle, who is based in Norwich, said: “I struggled in the World Championship last year, and people that only watch that don’t see that I was riding three or four meetings elsewhere in the week.

“For me, last year was an OK season.

“Everyone wants to be the best, but sometimes it doesn’t work.

“Next year will be another learning curve, but my form in the past couple of years in England has been good – hopefully it can stay that way.”