Jake Dixon will make his MCE British Superbike Championship debut this week as the 20-year old joined the Marham-based RAF Regular & Reserve BMW team for the official BSB tests at Snetterton on Wednesday and yesterday (Thursday).
Dixon will campaign a second BMW S1000RR at the tests alongside current rider Alastair Seeley.
Dixon recently parted company with the Tsingtao Hampshire MV Agusta team for whom he was competing in the Dickies British Supersport Championship. The Dover resident finished third at the last round at Brands Hatch in May and was lying in seventh overall in the table before he left.
He will now get his first taste of a Superbike machine at the two day test using the team’s spare BMW which Seeley rode at the North West 200. The machine has been updated in-line with the 2016 BSB specifications and although just a test at this stage, there is the possibility that Dixon could join the team for the remainder of the year.
Lee Hardy, team owner, said: “Jake approached me after leaving the Tsingtao team and after having a meeting to discuss the possibility of joining forces we agreed to run him at the Snetterton test.
“I had a second Superbike sat there doing nothing so it made sense. Jake will ride the bike in the Briggs Equipment colours; however, it will be run out of the same garage as Alastair.”
“This is a great opportunity for Jake to experience riding a Superbike in a non pressure situation; we are using the test to see how he works as a rider and understand him more. There’s no pressure to perform from me as a team manager and it’s a good opportunity for all concerned to join forces away from a BSB weekend. It’s business as usual with Alastair and we are hoping to test a couple of new parts, one of those being the newer type swing arm. Potentially, there is an option for us to run a second rider for the rest of the season in the Briggs Equipment branding alongside the current Royal Air Force Regular & Reserve livery.”
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Jake Dixon: “I’m super excited to get a chance to move up to the Superbike class with such a competitive team. After my split with the Tsingtao Hampshire MV Agusta team, Lee and I spoke and having then gone to the team’s base to meet up with him and some of the team, we came to this agreement.”
“An opportunity like this doesn’t come around every day but we’ll do the test at Snetterton to see how I get on with the team and the bike and then we’ll go from there to see if Lee wants me to ride for the rest of the season. I’m so impressed with the professionalism of the whole team in the way they do things and I can’t wait to ride the BMW at Snetterton.”