JASON Doyle believes Swindon Robins’ new track for 2019 will provide Alun Rossiter’s men with an early advantage in the race to regain the SGB Premiership crown off current holders Poole Pirates.

Permission has been granted for track staff at the Abbey Stadium to change the layout of the current 363 metre oval and replace it with a smaller surface that will resemble the layout assembled at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff for the British Grand Prix.

With the hope of increasing the amount of racing lines available to riders, former world champion Doyle believes the new surface can act as an advantage to Swindon come the start of the new season in March.

Doyle, who was announced as the Robins’ first signing for the 2019 season on Tuesday of last week, said: “It’s always nice to start off with a fresh track. All riders won’t be adjusted to the new Swindon track, so we might have a small advantage for the first few meetings.

“For myself, I want to get a lot of practice on the new track – which will be very good for Swindon and British speedway.

“I have a lot of good memories at Swindon and hope to make more – I won’t forget that night in Wolverhampton where we won the play-off title.

“When we got beat at home, so many people thought that was the end of things.

“But we were a good team, and we went to Wolverhampton with no pressure on us and everything fell into place.

“Everyone in that team rode really well. Hopefully we can do the same next season.”

Doyle ended his latest campaign in the middle of October before enjoying a two-week holiday.

The 33-year-old is in charge of most of his personal admin and organisation, meaning days off in the winter are few and far between for the determined Aussie.

After ditching his European mechanics for the 2019 season in a bid to rediscover his 2017 form – which helped him secure his first world title – Doyle said entering next season with everything in place is key if he is to launch a bid for world championship glory.

He said: “We’re not on a diet at this time of year, but it’s now all about planning for the season ahead and chasing sponsors.

“Organising flights and accommodation for all of the Grand Prix meetings is important too – plus then the logistics of my league racing in Poland and Sweden.

“I do a lot of that myself, and because of that there is no off-season. I want to be as organised as possible in time for the start of the year to make things run smoothly.

“I got rid of all my European mechanics, who have been working for me for the past five years.

“I needed a change, I still want to be world champion – I don’t just want to be a one-timer. I want to push for more.

“I wanted to change a few little things, and my mechanics were the first to go.

“It was a great five years with my team, but this is a new chapter in my career.”