RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki rider Jake Dixon also turned heads at Donington Park this weekend with a solid top ten finish in Sunday’s second race.
What’s all the more impressive about Dixon’s result was that he was riding his British Superbike-spec Kawasaki ZX-10RR, without the many electronic rider aids found on WSB machines such as traction control and anti-wheelie.
While he no doubt benefitted from a number of riders crashing out, Dixon was already in a solid-points scoring position before being elevated up the ranks and even ahead of 2011 Moto2 World Champion Stefan Bradl.
“I’m over the moon with that!” an almost perplexed Dixon told MCN after the race. “I came here for a test as we just needed some more laps on the bike after a tough start to the season.
“I told Lee [Hardy – team boss] that I’d be happy if I could score a world championship point, so to finish top ten is incredible, especially as we’ve not got traction control, anti-wheelie or any of that.
“My pace has been improving all weekend, the main thing I can take away is a massive boost in confident. We go on to the Snetterton test next and then we’re racing at Knockhill so I’m hoping this could be a massive boost for the rest of the season.”
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