Jake Dixon has today’s two Bennetts British Superbike races at Knockhill will be like any other race despite his past record at the Scottish track.
Dixon shot to an unexpected double victory at the 1.3-mile circuit this time last year as a rider who hadn’t even finished on the podium before.
12 months on, the RAF Reserves Kawasaki rider now finds himself a favourite to fight Leon Haslam for the 2018 crown.
Setting the fastest ever lap of Knockhill, Dixon will start the opening race from pole position but says while he feels his first victory of the year isn’t far away, podium credits are the priority.
“I like this track and the Kawasaki goes well around this track,” he said. “I didn’t have the best of feelings in Q1 and Q2, we changed back to the setting we had in FP3 and went faster but it was two hairy laps to do a 47.1!
“A front row start sets us in good stead for the race tomorrow. I’ve done my homework in the practices so I know I’ve got good pace over race distance, I just need to get my head down and see what I can do.
“This is like any other race to me. Just because I won here last year changes nothing. If I win again, fantastic, but I want to win every round. I’ll use my head and it’ll be what it’ll be.
“Last year I hadn’t even had a podium… I was going out to put everything on the line. Now as long as I can get solid podiums that’s all that matters, podium points are what count at the end of the day when you’re fighting for a title at the end of the year!”