Day one front-runner Jake Dixon has slammed his opposition for careless riding which he says held him up in today’s practice sessions.
The RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki rider still managed to navigate the troublesome traffic, however, and come out on top of the second free practice today with the fastest lap of the weekend so far.
And despite an ongoing sickness, which he suspects may be a viral infection, Dixon feels he could have gone even faster with clear track.
“I didn’t feel like I did anything particularly different on that lap than I did on the previous laps, I just got held up every time,” he told Bikesport News. “And being ill helps you not to try too hard because you can’t.”
“I could have done a 1’26 flat earlier, but when there’s so much traffic out on track it’s just difficult.
“Sometimes people are actually dangerous with it. We’re meant to be at BSB, at the highest class in this championship, and people are still riding around dangerously.”
Dixon ended the day just 0.148s off Leon Haslam’s outright lap record from qualifying in 2016, but he believes the 1’25.923s mark from two years ago is going to fly out the window tomorrow.
“The lap record will go tomorrow without a doubt. I’m learning more and more about the Kawasaki as it’s my second year on it now, and the team is working great as always.
“We keep finding odd little things that keep helping, but I’m not saying what those things are.”