Dixon Dominant at Oulton Park
Dixon Dominant at Oulton Park

Jake Dixon and the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team got their Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown underway in the best fashion possible at Oulton Park on Sunday.

With two dominant rides seeing the 22-year old take a double victory, reducing Leon Haslam’s lead in the title tace from 45 points to 31.
A good opening day on Friday saw Jake top the leaderboard in both the dry and wet conditions and although qualifying on Saturday saw some moisture in the air, he was confident of a strong showing once more. And he more than delivered the goods as he set the fastest ever lap of the 2.69-mile circuit – 1m33.758s – to take pole position by 0.399s.
With Championship leader Haslam having to start from the back of the grid for Sunday’s first race, Dixon was keen to capitalise and he was faced with a wet race after heavy rain fell at the Cheshire venue, completing the first lap in a strong second place, With the race cut from 18 to laps 16, Jake shadowed early leader Tommy Bridewell in the early stages before making his move at half race distance.
Once in the lead, a succession of quick laps, including the fastest lap of the race, allowed him to pull clear and, despite a slight issue changing gear, his eventual winning margin was 6.1s as he took his second victory of the year. And despite Haslam climbing all the way up to third, he crucially cut his Championship lead back by nine points, from 45 to 36.
Starting the second race later in the day from pole position once more, the track was dry all round and Jake got the perfect start to lead at the end of the opening lap. With a series of fastest laps, by half race distance he’d opened up an unprecedented gap of 5.4s but there were some nervous moments in the closing stages as he lost grip from his rear tyre. Haslam reduced the gap considerably but he duly took his second win of the day by 1.1s to cut Haslam’s lead to 31 points.
Speaking after an excellent weekend’s racing, Dixon said: “The team gave me a great bike this weekend and come wet, dry or in between, I had good pace so I felt confident but nervous too as I knew I had to try and make the most of Leon starting from the back of the grid. Tommy set a good pace in the first race and the rear tyre on the Kawasaki takes a little bit longer to get to full working temperature than the other bikes but once there, I got my head down. I had a bit of an issue changing gear and had to go back to the old school method of using the clutch but I got the job done so full credit to the team.”
“I got my head down from the start in the second race and the bike was fantastic but in the last eight laps, my tyre fell to pieces so I had to manage the closing laps as best I could. I was so fast at the beginning that I was able to open up a good sized lead and that was crucial in holding on for my second win. I’m over the moon to get the double and we’ve cut Leon’s lead back by a reasonable amount so with five races still to go, there’s everything to play for.”
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