RAF Reserves Kawasaki’s Jake Dixon is now only 18 points adrift of a spot in the MCE British Superbike showdown, after a 100 percent podium success record at Thruxton.
The young racer from Dover notched up a third place finish in race one, and then went one better by putting his ZX-10RR on the second step of the rostrum. For Dixon it has been a ‘really strong weekend’ and he has now racked up a total of 14 podium credits.
Dixon opted for the harder SC2 front and the SC0 softer rear Pirelli tyres, and at the start of the double-headers found he had the pace to run at the top. But after half race distance he was overtaken by the likes of Josh Brookes and Peter Hickman, and now his team will have to look at trying to sustain tyre life throughout the races.
“It is good to be second – a third and second is a really strong weekend and we got some good points,” said Dixon, speaking at the track after race two.
“At the beginning of the races we were really strong with the new tyre and it got to half race distance when the boys came by me and they seemed to have that extra bit of tyre life towards the end that we may need to look at. Pete rode an amazing race and good to see Leon and another Kawasaki on the podium.
After race one Dixon said: “When the safety car came out it cooled the rear tyre down too much and I feel that it fell to pieces for me, to run the zero it has to be 40 degrees for us so I think that hindered us a little bit”