Lee Jackson joins Smiths BMW

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Join­ing Hickman at Smiths BMW for the 2017 sea­son, MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike young gun Lee Jackson will be look­ing to raise his game af­ter an im­pres­sive year with the Build­base BMW squad in 2016.

At 21 he’s the youngest rider on the grid and he turned a few heads with his pace in 2016. He fin­ished 13th over­all and had a hand­ful of top ten fin­ished. Now he’s signed for the Smiths team and feels it’s time to push for a Show­down spot.

Mak­ing the move in spite of an of­fer to remain with the Hawk Rac­ing squad, which will switch to Suzuki ma­chin­ery for the 2017 sea­son, Jackson has told MCN the time was right for a change as he looks to progress his Su­per­bike ca­reer.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to join­ing a new team in 2017,” he said. “This is an all new step for me hav­ing rid­den for the Build­base team for the past four sea­sons but I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the change.

“For me, I think it’s time for me to step up in my rac­ing ca­reer and for the first time I won’t be work­ing with my Un­cle and Dad in the team. The Smiths team have a great pack­age and I be­lieve we can do a good job with the bike, al­though it’s a BMW it’s go­ing to be a bit dif­fer­ent to what I’m used to but I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting started.”

‘It’s time for me to step up and I’m look­ing for­ward to the change’

D E R E L B U O D

Jackson will still ride a BMW in 2017 but for a dif­fer­ent team

Jackson is look­ing to im­prove on a 2016 best fin­ish of fifth

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