RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki rider Jake Dixon became the ninth different rider to finish on the podium in the first three rounds with a double rostrum at Oulton this weekend more than tripling his points haul so far this year.
After a tough first two rounds, the 22-year-old led the first seven laps of Monday’s opening race before crossing the line second to winner Haslam and while he didn’t quite have the pace to run at the front in race two, he was able to hold off a late race charge from Shane Byrne to secure the final rostrum spot.
“It’s been good to get the ball rolling with two podiums this weekend,” Dixon said. “I needed that! We’ve been struggling in the dry so far this year but the team gave me a bike that meant we didn’t struggle quite as much today so we could start to show our potential.
“When you aren’t at the front people start to question you and why you aren’t there, but there’s always a reason. If you are missing those couple of tenths a lap it just makes everything so much harder because in this championship everything is so close. Now I’m getting the bike where I feel happy with it, things get a bit easier and I’m able to run where I should be running. I haven’t got any faster or slower, I’m just more comfortable on the bike now and it’s allowing me to do what I want to do.
“We’re still searching for a few things that we can improve on, but overall it’s not a bad shout considering where we were ahead of the weekend.”