‘It wasn’t go­ing to work with Shakey as my man­ager’

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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.”

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