BSB: Dixon 'gaining momentum' ahead of Knockhill

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Back to back double podiums served as a reminder of young gun Jake Dixon’s 2018 title fighting credentials as he moves fourth in the championship standings after another strong weekend with the RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki squad.

A late decision to switch to the harder rear tyre in morning warm-up paid off for the 22-year-old who came strong in the late stages of both races to enjoy the second strongest points haul of the weekend with a third and second place.

After a tough first two rounds, Dixon has finished on the podium in each of the last four races and is knocking on the door of victory as the series now heads to Knockhill where he took a dramatic debut double 12 months ago. 

“I really wanted to win here as I don’t want to go to Knockhill and win and people think I can only ride that track,” Dixon smiled. “We’re so close to getting the win, but it’ll come when it comes. I know it’s coming soon so I’ll just keep banging out podiums until then.

“I feel I’m getting a bit of momentum. Don’t get me wrong; I’m sure it won’t be plain sailing but I feel like I’ve matured and I’m chipping away. When it’s not quite right I back it off and settle for the result. I don’t want to do anything stupid and I didn’t today so I’m really happy with how the weekend turned out.”

While Dixon’s results over the past two rounds have been impressive, he feels he’s lacking strength on the brakes to make his way past his rivals. 

“I’ve got the out and out speed, as was shown when I caught Haslam and Brookes from two seconds behind, but I feel I just need that last little bit in braking so I can get past. I felt if I could get past I could pull away so I need to work on that.” 

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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