Jake Dixon secured his maiden front row start for tomorrow’s opening MCE British Superbike race at Knockhill after an impressive performance in qualifying.
The RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki rider shrugged off a crash in the final minutes of the session to take second on the grid behind JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Luke Mossey and the 21-year-old says he feels it’s been a long time coming.
Dixon has shown flashes of pace since stepping up to the Superbike class this time last year and after a stunning ride to ninth place as he wildcarded at the British round of the Superbike World Championship at Donington last month, he’s brimming with confidence ahead of tomorrow’s two races.
The strong result comes in spite of a huge crash for Dixon in Friday’s opening practice session that saw his ZX-10RR written off after crashing on a contaminated track surface.
“I feel like my first front row has been a long time coming since I first jumped onto the Superbike,” Dixon said. “I felt comfortable from the first time on the BMW and now on the Kawasaki.
“The boys have done such a good job to rebuild the bike after yesterday’s crash. We managed to get out for the last ten minutes of FP2 yesterday, just to see if it was OK as it was really badly damaged.
“Conditions weren’t great and unfortunately I had a slip off on my last lap, so I’m glad to still be here on the front row. I feel I’ve got good pace for the race tomorrow, it will be tough but we’ll give it what we’ve got.
“We didn’t have the start of the year that we wanted and the team made some big changes at Donington WSB and it’s really paid off.”
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