Jake Dixon will finish the 2016 MCE British Superbike championship with the RAF Reserves-back Briggs Equipment BMW squad after impressing on debut at Knockhill.
Having completed the in-season Snetterton test Dixon showed strong promise at Knockhill but was dealt a heavy blow when he crashed out of race one.
Mentor and manager Shane Byrne fell just in front of the 20-year-old at the final hairpin and with nowhere to go Dixon hit the stricken Be Wiser Ducati machine. While attempting to pick up his own bike after the fall Dixon was then hit by an unsighted rider and was attended to by the medical team.
After being declared fit enough for race two the youngster stormed back to take an impressive 13th place to take points on debut which has convinced team boss Lee Hardy to retain Dixon alongside fellow rider Alastair Seeley for the rest of the season.
“I am happy to share that I will be riding for Lee Hardy Racing, Briggs Equipment BMW for the remainder of the season in the Superbike Championship,” Dixon said. “I would like to thank Lee Hardy and Briggs Equipment for giving me this opportunity; I feel that I have been getting to grips with the BMW S1000RR really well.”
“I was very pleased with Jake's first real deal display on a British Superbike, he has shown a professional attitude and done everything I have asked of him as a team manager,” Hardy said. “It was very unfortunate that he was taken out in race one then collected by another rider, this situation could have been potentially a lot worse.
“To get on the bike for race two showed real guts and determination. Overall I am very impressed with how the weekend panned out and I am looking forward to Snetterton which is also the team's local circuit.”
Dixon split from British Supersport team Tsingtao Hampshire MV Agusta after the opening three rounds which sparked his earlier-than-expected graduation into BSB with the RAF Reserves-backed squad.