Thruxton: Dixon signs up with Lee Hardy Racing for 2017

Jake Dixon has committed his future to RAF Reserves BMW by signing with the Lee Hardy Racing squad for the 2017 MCE British Superbike championship.
Jake Dixon has committed his future to RAF Reserves BMW by signing with the Lee Hardy Racing squad for the 2017 MCE British Superbike championship.

The 20-year-old, who is managed and mentored by four-time BSB champion Shane Byrne, made the mid-season switch to Lee Hardy's squad after splitting with British Supersport team Tsingtao MV Agusta in June and only recently signed to stay in BSB for the remainder of the 2016 campaign after impressing at Knockhill.

Looking to the future and with the plan of expanding to a two rider line-up RAF Reserves BMW has snapped up the young rider who becomes the first confirmed name on the 2017 BSB grid.

“To be signed up for 2017 before we've even got to the half way stage of 2016 is a massive weight off my shoulders and will allow me to really focus on the job in hand," Dixon said. "I have an amazing team around me and I feel we will only get stronger with each and every round. I would like to thank Lee, Briggs Equipment UK and the Royal Air Force for giving me this opportunity and I really can't wait for the rest of this season nor 2017."

"I'm delighted to have secured Jake's signature for the 2017 season," Team owner Lee Hardy said. "It's great for all concerned to have everything in place so soon. Since joining the team in June, he's made a major impression with both the team and the sponsors with his pace on the track being excellent given his lack of Superbike experience.

"He's scored points immediately and is beating riders who not only have more experience but have also won BSB races – that shows the potential he has and we wanted to get him signed for 2017 as soon as possible.

“He's an up and coming rider with a lot of raw talent and we believe he's a future race winner in BSB and possibly beyond. It's great to work with someone fresh and for Jake; he's joining an established BSB team with a proven pedigree. Having the deal in place so early means there's continuity for everyone and crucially for Jake; there's no pressure on him to get results in the second half of 2016. He can ride freely for the rest of the season, concentrate on his riding and continue to learn the Superbike, safe in the knowledge 2017 is already taken care of.

“2017 will be our third year with BMW, I am very pleased with the support we have received from the brand and looking forward to using their product again next year. Running a two-man team will be no small feat and I have enjoyed having two riders within the garage, it's a great way to grow the team and now I feel the time is right to do so. Alastair is still strongly in the frame for continuing his seat within the team; he delivered my team its first ever Northwest 200 podium this year and I am looking forward to having a strong second half to the 2016 season.”

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