Challenging Brands weekend for Marham RAF British Superbike team

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The Marham-based RAF Regular & Reserve BMW team were in action at Brands Hatch at the weekend for round seven of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship and whilst it was a tough weekend for Jake Dixon and Alastair Seeley, Dixon was able to score points in both races thus giving the team some cheer come Sunday evening.

Seeley said: “In both races the safety car periods worked against me and when racing resumed, either the temperature or pressure in the tyres dropped off and the front kept folding on me. I had quite a few moments and although I salvaged two finishes today, it’s a shame for all concerned that we couldn’t join Jake in the points.”

Dixon added: “It’s certainly been an eventful weekend and I struggled for set up all weekend as the new engine spec I was running had more torque and top end, which left me a session behind everyone else as I tried to get used to the bike.

“To come through from 19th to 13th in race one was very pleasing and with a few more changes for race two, the bike felt fantastic. I was able to score more points so a massive thank you to Lee Hardy Racing, Briggs Equipment, Mother Hubbard and all of the boys in the garage for their hard work.”

Lee Hardy, team owner, said: “Alastair showed strong pace in free practice. However, in both races, he suffered with a lack of grip from the front end.

“For Jake, we’d made a few changes for the weekend and given him an engine upgrade which made the bike harder to ride but we’re looking at the bigger picture. I’m happy with the points he scored in both races. We have a test now planned for Cadwell Park and that should put us in good stead.”

Round eight of the series takes place at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire on August 27-29.

MCE British Superbike Championship race one (20 laps): 14 Jake Dixon (Briggs Equipment BMW); 16 Alastair Seeley (RAF Regular & Reserve BMW). Race two (22 laps): 12 Jake Dixon (Briggs Equipment BMW); 17 Alastair Seeley (RAF Regular & Reserve BMW).

Championship Standings (after seven rounds): 18 Dixon 24; 21 Seeley 18.