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Oulton Park: Dixon stays grounded after narrowly missing top spot

Jake Dixon says he won't be carried away despite just missing out on topping Friday free practice at Oulton Park as the BSB rookie continues to impress.
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Jake Dixon says he won't be carried away despite just missing out on topping Friday free practice at Oulton Park as the BSB rookie continues to impress.

The Briggs Equipment BMW rider joined the MCE British Superbike ranks midway through the year at Knockhill, where he was given a tough baptism in a scary accident in his debut BSB race, but has continually catch the eye with seven points finishes in 10 races.

Dixon is targeting consistent top tens for the remainder of the year and came very close to topping his first BSB session in FP2 before being shuffled down to third in the final seconds.

On his final timed lap the 20-year-old produced a 1m 34.860s on a fresh tyre – less than half a second off the lap record at the Cheshire track – before Shane Byrne and Leon Haslam nipped ahead at the chequered flag.

“At the end of the day it is free practice two, it was a good lap but we have got to do that and 18 of them if we want to do well,” Dixon said. “We will keep our feet on the floor and keep working hard as always.

“We've rolled out this weekend and the bike has not been too far away and the guys have done an amazing job on my side of the garage preparing the bike. We'll keep plugging away and hopefully we can get three top ten results and go from there as that is our aim for the rest of the year.”

Despite only making his debut on Superbike machinery at the start of the summer Dixon has adapted to the pace in BSB seamlessly and feels he's naturally transitioned with the BMW S1000RR in a short stint of time.

“A lot of people say how difficult the BMW is to ride but I don't know any different with any Superbike because I had never raced one before,” Dixon said. “To be it all feels pretty natural but there are certain things it does wrong that I would like it to do better and it does things really well which you couldn't get with another bike.

“It is part and parcel of it with strengths and weaknesses. You've got to work to those strengths and fend off the weaknesses to be there again in qualifying and have three good races.”
by Haydn Cobb


Tagged as: Shane Byrne , Dixon

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