MotoGP Silverstone: Dixon silences the doubters| Christina Bulpett | MotoGP
Aspar’s Jake Dixon rode to his second podium of 2022 with a determined third place battle in his home GP at Silverstone on Sunday.
The Brit was forced to dig deep at times as he slipped back through the pack at the start of the 18-lap race. Regrouping from seventh before embarking on a four-rider-battle with Flexbox HP40’s Aron Canet, Honda’s Ai Ogura and eventual winner Augusto Fernandez in the second half of the contest, Dixon crossed the line a second clear of the duo behind after setting his fastest lap of the race on the final revolution.
“Honestly, I’m super happy,” Dixon enthused from Parc Fermé. “Words can’t describe it! I know it’s only a third place but this really feels like a victory! Especially from where I came from at the beginning of the race, to where I was at the end. It feels so amazing,
“I can’t thank the crowd enough, can’t thank the team enough, can’t thank everybody, my family, friends, everyone that’s come here this weekend to support me. Oh my god, it’s been so good. Even Vincent, my PR guy. He’s been stressed this weekend. We’ve been doing so many things and I give him a lot of shit sometimes, but he’s such a good guy and I can’t thank him enough for everything that he does as well, because honestly, it’s not an easy job. Honestly I feel super, super happy and it’s just so good that I’ve give the fans something to cheer about.
“I fought like a dog out there. I fought until the end. I was never, ever going to give up. I gave everything I could.
“I’m super, super happy that, I think now they all realise that I’m here and I’m a fighter, so I’m not going anywhere,” he continued on his determined ride. “I think Canet now is going to respect me because before he tries to put some moves on me that he doesn’t give me much respect. So I thought I’d give it back to him in the race and it’s good.
“I heard the crowd every lap, all weekend,” Dixon said of the home support.
“You should have heard the fans roaring and cheering it’s like I almost won the race. I can’t imagine what it would have been like if I did win it!
“But thanks to all of them, thanks to all the British crowd, thanks to everyone at home and everyone who supports me. That’s to all the doubters out there that have always doubted me!”