BSB: Dixon surprises with top three pace
Jake Dixon made a surprise appearance at the top of the timesheets in this afternoon’s second MCE British Superbike session at Oulton Park.
The youngster jumped to the top of the table as the chequered flag was drawn to end Free Practice two, with only title fighters Shane Byrne and Leon Haslam sticking in quick laps at the end of the session to pip the Briggs Equipment BMW rider in the closing seconds.
The 20-year-old has impressed since joining the Lee Hardy Racing outfit mid-way through the season and has already notched up a number of top ten finishes, something he’d like to see more of from this weekend’s three races.
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“We made a step forward in the races at Cadwell but with being so far back on the grid it’s hard work there to make any real progress, so I felt quite confident coming here and have felt good with the bike from the off,” he told MCN.
“To be honest, I’ve always had the good feeling but sometimes I just haven’t been able to string that one lap together to push us up further in practice and qualifying but we made a little change in the middle of the afternoon session and managed to put in a decent time.
“I don’t want to get carried away, we need to carry on working at it and my aims are still realistic – if we can come away from here with three top tens I’ll be happy.”