‘It wasn’t going to work with Shakey as my manager’
When racing in the Supersport class, Dixon’s talent was recognised by multiple MCE British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne, who took the youngster under his wing and started managing him.
“I learnt a lot from Shakey,” Dixon tells MCN. “He taught me a lot about being more professional and how to go about things. You’ve only got to look at what he’s like!”
However, ahead of the 2017 season Dixon decided to call time on his professional relationship with Byrne as he set his sights on beating BSB’S benchmark.
“It just wasn’t going to work with us racing against each other, what would happen if we came into the last corner of a race and one of us took the other out?
“If I wasn’t racing against him he’d be the best manager in the world. He fought and wanted the best for me all the time but at the end of the year when it came to contract time he was never going to put me ahead of him was he?”
The duo remain close friends and Byrne was overjoyed to see Dixon take his debut win at the weekend.
“Jake is a good kid,” he said. “I’ve seen him be sick out of his nose in the gym on multiple occasions in one day, I’ve seen him fall off a wall on a push bike. I’ve seen him struggle emotionally to cope with stuff and I’ve seen him be absolutely on top of the world too. It’s nice that such a young kid can come through and do a job at a track like Knockhill where you have got to put it all on the line.”