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While 21-year-old Jake Dixon was do­ing the win­ning, fel­low young gun Luke Mossey took over at the top of the cham­pi­onship stand­ings in the ab­sence of team-mate Leon Haslam (see page 80).

Just three points be­hind Haslam af­ter the open­ing three rounds, all Mossey had to do was take a sin­gle 12th place to take the cham­pi­onship lead.

With that in mind, the JG Speed­fit Kawasaki man opted against push­ing be­yond his lim­its to chal­lenge Dixon in the open­ing race, in­stead fo­cus­ing on the main ti­tle ri­val – Shane Byrne.

“As far as I’m con­cerned, Leon and Shakey are the guys I need to beat,” he said. “They’re the cham­pi­onship favourites and to­day I beat Shakey once and fin­ished one po­si­tion be­hind him in the sec­ond race. I know I need to be in the strong­est pos­si­ble po­si­tion go­ing into the Show­down, keep rack­ing up the podium cred­its and be there to give it a bloody good go at the end.

“Last year we were tak­ing it race by race, not think­ing about the cham­pi­onship, but with the start we’ve had this year and now we’re lead­ing the cham­pi­onship four rounds in it’s def­i­nitely on my mind. Jake was putting in some pretty hot laps in race one and he was hav­ing a few mo­ments so I thought ‘have it’ as I knew I couldn’t af­ford to fall.”

Mossey looked set to fur­ther in­crease his se­ries lead as he led the sec­ond race by two sec­onds be­fore a huge mo­ment saw him drop back into the clutches of the chas­ing pack. While he was un­der­stand­ably an­noyed with his fourth place re­sult, he knows all too well it’s con­sis­tency that counts in a cham­pi­onship fight.

“I had a big mo­ment go­ing down the hill. I don’t know how I saved it, it was noth­ing to do with tal­ent! I’m a bit gutted I missed out on podium cred­its, but I can’t say I wasn’t try­ing. These mo­ments hap­pen and while it’s dis­ap­point­ing you’ve got to take the pos­i­tives. We’re con­sis­tently at the front where we need to be ev­ery week­end.”

‘I had a big mo­ment – I don’t know how I saved it, it was noth­ing to do with tal­ent!’ LUKE MOSSEY

While Dixon took the glory, Mossey took con­trol of the ti­tle stand­ings

Se­ries lead and vi­tal podium cred­its

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