Moto2: Dixon pleased with practice pace

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Jake Dixon enjoyed a strong first day as he made his Grand Prix debut in the Moto2 class at Silverstone.

The MCE British Superbike star is standing in for the injured Marcel Schrotter at the Intact Dynavolt GP team and spent the opening day trying to familiarise himself with the Suter Moto2 machine, which has almost half the horsepower than his RAF Kawasaki ZX-10R BSB machine.

2.8 seconds off the pace in the morning, Dixon knocked more off his lap-time in the afternoon but a tip-off in the Village complex meant he wouldn’t finish the session.  

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“It’s obviously quite a lot different, there’s a lot less power than my BSB bike which was weird in the first few laps but I think I’m getting used to it now,” he said. “It’s a completely different way of riding, you have to carry more corner speed as you haven’t got as much power when you open the throttle to get out of the corner.

“We were happy with FP1, 2.8 off and I felt I could improve again. We knocked a second off and were up in 22nd and 23rd. I thought I could go quicker but we need to do a bit more work. I had a bit of a crash in FP2, I’m OK and it’s nothing to worry about, I’m still learning the bike.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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