Dixon steps up in style

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

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.”

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