Since his shock double victory at Knockhill, Jake Dixon has been in the mix at the front every weekend. However, a tough start to the year and a crash from the lead at Cadwell meant he’d have to wait until last weekend’s final race to secure his place in the title fighters’ Showdown.
A tough weekend in the mixed conditions, Dixon played it safe to try and secure his Showdown place before laying it on the line with a ball-breaking ride to third in the treacherous, who-dare-wins third and final race.
Now he’s finally in with a shout, the 22-year-old’s title fighting credentials cannot be ignored. In the last three rounds, Dixon has stood on the podium more than any other Showdown contender and having fought for the win at three very different circuits in Knockhill, Thruxton and Cadwell, the youngster has shown his versatility. The possibility of him becoming British Superbike’s youngest ever champion isn’t as crazy as it sounds.
“We’re fourth in the standings just 14 points off the lead so it’s all to play for now,” Dixon told MCN. “I’m not going to leave anything on the table, I’ll be working extra hard to make it all happen and I think we’re in a good place to do that. I’m the youngest ever rider to make the Showdown so hopefully I can be the youngest ever champion too.
“From the minute I first jumped on a Superbike I’ve believed I can be British Superbike champion and hopefully the hard work we’ve done this year will be repaid at the end of the year.
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