Jackson impresses on superbike debut

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Lee Jackson has impressed the MCE British Superbike paddock with a brace of impressive rides on the Buildbase BMW, as he made his superbike debut as a replacement for the injured James Westmoreland, who continues to recover from the hand injuries sustained at Knockhill two rounds ago.

Jackson, who currently sits third in the National Superstock 1000 series on the team’s third machine – which he raced to a podium finish just minutes before jumping on the superbike for race one – wasonly 0.1 seconds off a points scoring finish in 16th in race one, before dropping back to 18th for the second one; his first time on a wet track on a superbike.

Speaking afterwards, the 18 year old said: "The Superstock race was good, really fun, and very close. I was leading so I had the pace to win, but unfortunately I got beaten up by Jason O’Halloran on track which pushed me back and I couldn’t quite close back down on the front two. And from the podium I had to rush back to the garage to get out in the first BSB race!"

“Switching to a Superbike is a big step. At first they don’t seem so different, especially as they’re both BMW S 1000 RRs. But it’s when you get up to peak power, or when you get hard on the brakes… they are amazing motorcycles. I was very glad to get the chance to try it and I’d like to thank the team for giving me the opportunity. It was a long hard weekend, but I don’t feel too bad now. However I think I might be suffering a bit tomorrow!”

For full coverage of the weekend’s MCE British Superbike action see Wednesday 24th July’s Motorcycle News

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer