Silverstone BSB: Dixon becomes youngest ever Showdown rider

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RAF Reserves Kawasaki’s Jake Dixon is the youngest person in MCE British Superbike history to make it into the showdown.

The ZX-10RR racer had to wait nervously until the last race at Silverstone, which was held in very wet conditions to see if he would nab his spot inside the top six. In the end the race only had seven finishers, and Dixon was one of them and crossed the line in third.

His showdown rivals where Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon and JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Luke Mossey, but they unfortunately fell at the Silverstone track and it paved the way for the 21-year-old to make it into the showdown for the first time in his BSB career. Now he plans to fight hard for the title.

“My plan is to give it everything and I definitely won’t be holding anything back and this weekend I felt the nerves were definitely on because I wanted to make it in,” said Dixon, speaking at the track.

“In race one I rode a bit tense and all weekend we have been fast, and in qualifying we qualified second. Yesterday’s race was poor and struggled in the first race today. I feel the bike is good at the minute and changing from BMW to Kawasaki was tough at the beginning of the year and took its toll and we weren’t getting the results we needed. We had to draft Glen Richards in to be my new crew chief and a few other boys as well.

“When he came on board it all clicked and then went to Knockhill with Glen for the first time and we did the double and ever since I haven’t stepped off the podium. If I can keep moving forward it will be good and I will take the fight to all of them.”

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