Jake Dixon has pulled the covers off his new Sama Investments-backed Angel Nieto KTM machine ahead of this weekend’s opening round of the 2019 Moto2 championship, with the Qatari investment fund joining Jorge Martinez Aspar’s team. Joining fellow Moto2 rider Xavi Cardelus and Moto3 duo Albert Arenas and Raul Fernandez on stage, the Brit will get his first taste of Moto2 as a full-time rider on Sunday.
However, Dixon goes into this weekend’s opening race unhappy with his progress on the Angel Nieto KTM, after struggling at last weekend’s Qatar test. Still battling the chatter issues that plagued them in their first test last year in Jerez, he says they need to get to the bottom of it before they can be as competitive as he wants to be.
"I’m not really happy because the feeling with the bike still isn’t how I want it to be. I can do the same lap time every time but it feels like we’ve found a limit and the bike won’t let me go any faster."