BSB: Tough weekend for Dixon after practice crash

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The opening round of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship proved a tough one for RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki’s Jake Dixon.

A showdown contender in 2017, Dixon was hoping to get off to a strong start as the 2018 season got underway but a fast crash in the final free practice session at Starkey’s kick-started a chain of events that’d see him up against it in the weekend’s two races. Qualifying 11th after the crash, Dixon would go on to suffer with mechanical issues in the opening race (finishing 11th) and despite making solid progress in race two, he’d lose positions towards the end of the race after running on and finished 12th.

“Both of the results stemmed from the tip-off I had at Starkey’s in the third free practice session on Sunday morning and with only three laps in qualifying, I was playing catch-up from that moment on,” he explained.

“I had a clutch issue in the first race which left me with no engine braking and back in 12th place whilst Monday was looking a lot better when I’d moved up into sixth place. It was difficult overtaking as it meant you had to go off line to do it and I ended up running straight on at the Melbourne Loop whilst chasing Danny Buchan and Shane Byrne. I got back up to 12th so whilst nine points from the two races is far from ideal, I’m in one piece and we can go again at Brands.”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing