Dixon steps up in style
Haslam wasn’t the only wildcard to impress at Donington this weekend with RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki rider Jake Dixon also exceeding expectations with a top 10 finish in Sunday’s second race.
What’s all the more impressive about Dixon’s result was that he was riding his MCE British Superbikespec Kawasaki ZX-10RR, without any electronic rider aids found on WSB machines such as traction control and anti-wheelie.
While he no doubt benefitted from a number of riders crashing out, Dixon was already in a solidpoints scoring position before being elevated up the ranks and was even ahead of 2011 Moto2 World Champion and Redbull Honda Superbike rider Stefan Bradl.
A surprised Dixon told MCN after the race: “I’m over the moon with that! I came here for a test as we just needed some more laps on the bike after a tough start to the BSB season.
“I told Lee [Hardy – team boss] that I’d be happy if I could score a world championship point, so to finish top 10 is incredible, especially as we’ve not got traction control, anti-wheelie or any of that.”