Jake Dixon has admitted his title fight is all but over after a difficult weekend at Assen.
The RAF Regular and Reserves rider could only manage an eighth and seventh place at the penultimate round of the 2017 season after struggling for rear grip on the harder option Pirelli rear tyre. He now sits a whopping 54 points off series leader Haslam, and while mathematically he can still win the title he knows it’ll be nigh on impossible.
“That wasn’t the weekend we wanted,” he said. “We had to run the harder tyre in both races and really struggled, we had no rear grip and when we lose grip we lose turning.
“Maybe if we’d gone with the softer tyre we could have run with the front lot but it really dropped off on us at Oulton Park so I didn’t want to make the same mistake again.
“The bike got better each session, so we’ve learned quite a bit but we’re out of the championship hunt now. That being said, we’ll go to Brands Hatch to make a statement!”
Dixon denied his lack of pace this weekend was anything to do with the crash he’d had testing Moto2 in Spain after the Oulton Park round.
“Honestly, physically I’ve been fine this weekend and that’s the frustrating thing. I wish we could put it down to something like that but this weekend we did the best we could with what we had.”
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