Nixon on rookie season
Nixon on rookie season

Jack Nixon is gearing up for his second season in the Hel Performance British Motorstar and his debut in the British Talent Cup in 2019.

Ahead of the new season Nixon looks back at a challenging first season in the British Motostar championship and ahead to the coming campaign.

Speaking to Kent Sports News about that first season, Jack said: “Overall, the season was difficult but I enjoyed learning the new bike and getting my first podium in the class at Oulton Park. I had quite a lot of crashes but feel like I had a successful rookie season.

“During the season my results got better and better. Finishing 7th provides me with a good platform that I will build on in the winter, with more training and testing in Spain. I hope to challenge for the title in 2019.”

Nixon talked through some of the issues that he went through before the season got underway and how he overcame them.

He added: “This year our main issue was setting up the bike. This is because I jumped from a converted road bike to a proper race bike. This meant that there is a lot more alterations you can do to the bike, and it tends to be more difficult to make them work well. It was also a challenge for me adjusting my riding style to suit the bike, but it has made me a better rider.”

Jack worked with the Santander Salt team during 2018 and he believes that this did help him set-up wise.

“Working with the Santander Salt team helped, but in the last two rounds at the end of the season we got some help setting up the bike from another experienced Moto3 team. They saw potential in my riding and with their help I achieved a second place and other top five finishes.

“The highlight of my season was round eight at Oulton Park. I achieved my first front row start in the class, and then the day after I was pole for race two. In this race I got my first podium in the class and was only 0.2 seconds off a win. This gave me a massive confidence booster and has set me up well for next year.”

We asked Jack about his plans for the 2019 season and he confirmed that he would be back on the grid once again.

He said: “In 2019, I am racing in the Motostar series with the Santander Salt team again. As well as this I’ve been chosen to compete in the British Talent Cup, which is a six round series that runs at British Superbike rounds, World Superbike rounds and 2 Moto GP rounds. I am hoping to challenge for both titles.”

Finally we asked Jack what it is liked coming from a racing family, where siblings, cousins and other family members race bikes as well.

He added: “Coming from a racing family is very helpful as it has brought my riding along. Being the youngest member of the family who races, I have always been able to learn from riding with Jake and Ryan.  It has allowed me to be involved with racing from a young age.”