Britain’s Jake Dixon is hoping some home comforts - like knowing where the circuit toilets are - will contribute to a haul of Moto2 points at this weekend’s Silverstone MotoGP round.
The Kent rider has had a tough start to his maiden full season in the class, landing in a team which also had no experience of the middleweight series, but Dixon believes that things are coming together slowly.
“It’s mine and the team’s first year in Moto2, we are trying to find our feet and we don’t get a massive amount of help from KTM,” Dixon told bikesportnews.com.
“It’s not been easy but I feel like we are improving. I think I am riding quite well and I’m getting closer to people like Binder in terms of laptimes but there is so much more to come from the bike.
“For the last three races, the rear tyre has spun out of balance and that affects corners as well as on straights. It’s been tricky.”
Dixon isn’t foolish enough to believe a home crowd will somehow transform his fortunes but reckons little home touches will help over the weekend.
Just because it’s the British Grand Prix, I’m not going to say I’m going to set the world on fire but at least I will know the track. I think we can get some points because we haven’t been so far away. I honestly believe that at the last round, I could have finished between tenth and 15th with a balanced rear tyre.
“The thing with being at home is I feel more comfortable. It sounds silly but knowing where the toilets are and the garages are makes you feel more settled. It’s going to be like going to a British Superbike meeting because all the fans are great, I know where stuff is. It’s little things like that.”
Dixon will head into next season with a new team-mate in Aron Canet but doesn’t yet know whether it will be on Kalex or Speed Up chassis.
“I’m on a two-year deal and Aron Canet will be my team-mate. He is a good, fast rider and we will be changing manufacturer for 2020. I think that decision is coming in a month or so.”