Jake Dixon had a manic MCE British Superbike Showdown debut round after sprinting from a pit lane start to fourth place in the opener due to a warm-up crash followed by rear tyre wear woes to drop to sixth place in race two.

The RAF Reserves Kawasaki rider, who signed a new BSB deal with the team for 2018 at the Cheshire track, dominated in qualifying to take pole position ahead of his maiden Showdown outing but his plans were wrecked when he suffered a big fall on the brakes into Lodge during warm-up.

With just over an hour to rebuild Dixon’s ZX-10RR, the RAF Reserves Kawasaki squad missed the call to make the starting grid but did get the bike out in time to start from the pit lane which enabled the 21-year-old to produce a masterclass performance in the wet to go from last to fourth place.

Starting from pole position for race two in the dry Dixon’s rollercoaster race weekend continued when opting for the soft Pirelli rear he lost grip midway through the race having briefly led to eventually fade to sixth place.

Despite ending the weekend on a low note, Dixon remains fourth in the BSB Showdown standings and 30 points off new leader Leon Haslam with two rounds to go.

“Being perfectly honest, I’m a bit disappointed with the results, especially after qualifying on pole position,” Dixon said. “Everything had been going well up until morning warm-up when I had a big crash on the approach to Lodge and it smashed the bike up pretty bad giving the team a lot of work to do in a short space of time.

“The bike was literally taped together and I had to start from pit lane and dead last but it worked brilliantly and to finish fourth was pleasing.

“For the second race it was hard to know which tyre to go with but I opted to go with the softer SC0 which proved to be the wrong choice as it dropped off half way through the race. I did what I could and managed to finish sixth and salvage a half decent result.

“I’ve shown great pace and what I can do so we’ll look to get back in amongst the podium finishers at the next round.”



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