Moto2: BSB race winner Dixon set for Silverstone wildcard

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MCE British Superbike double race winner Jake Dixon will make his Grand Prix racing debut in front of of a home crowd at next weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, as he deputises for the injured Marcel Schrotter on the Dynavolt Intact Suter machine.

Dixon will replace fellow Brit Danny Kent, who lined up for the squad last time out at the Austrian Grand Prix, but was forced out of the race itself after being taken out by Alex Marquez, suffering whiplash and being unable to race.

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The 21-year-old will go directly from the Cadwell park round of British Superbikes on the Royal Air Force Lee Hardy Racing Kawasaki, where he remains in contention for a spot in the Showdown after a competitive start to the 2017 season in the domestic series.

"I know Silverstone very well, because obviously we have a race there in the British Superbike Championship. I rode there about five or six times and I've won there as well in previous classes in the British Championship. 

"Sure the Moto2 will be a bit different to thesSuperbike, but also I think that many things will be quite similar. The engine can be slower probably. The chassis on the superbike has been made stiffer, so this is maybe similar to what a Moto2 bike will feel like. It will be an experience as I said and I'm looking forward to the challenge.”

Schrotter was forced out of the race after needing surgery for a broken scaphoid bone in his left wrist that he sustained while riding enduro with friend and fellow Grand Prix racer Jack Miller during the summer break. The German attempted to ride at the Czech Grand Prix but was unable to, undergoing surgery that week.

The race will mark Dixon’s first foray into Grand Prix racing but not the first time that a Dixon has lined up for a race in the series, with father Darren lining up for wildcard appearances twice in the premiere 500cc class, most recently at the 1993 German Grand Prix, before going on to become a double sidecar world champion.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer