Jake Dixon is quietly confident with his race pace at Brands Hatch as he looks to maintain his fight for RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki fresh from his breakthrough victory at Knockhill last time out.

Dixon barged his way on to the front row by just 0.001s ahead of McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie for third place in qualifying which he was content with heading into the opening race at his home round.

The 22-year-old says he holds more faith in his race pace compared to his single lap speed and is already targeting the rostrum as he looks to eat into Leon Haslam’s healthy Bennetts British Superbike championship 74-point lead.

“I could see my board which said I was in fifth [in Q3] and was like ‘wow I’m already on the limit’ so I had to bite the screen, man up and get on with it,” Dixon said. “I’d say we had struggled a little bit in qualifying but no excuses as the two ahead rode great and I couldn’t go as fast as them.

“I feel like I’ve done a good job to get on to the front row and I’m happy with that.

“I’ve done my work through practice to get ready for the races. I know where I’m at with race pace and its pretty strong so if I can come away with two solid podiums I think that would be really good.”

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