Jake Dixon has barged his way into MCE British Superbike Showdown contention thanks to his double podium at Thruxton as he heads up the chasing pack.
The RAF Reserves Kawasaki rider secured a maiden BSB pole position which he converted to third place in race one despite losing out during the safety car period with a cold tyre.
In the closing stages of race two Dixon looked set for a second third place behind Josh Brookes and Peter Hickman but with the Anvil Hire Yamaha falling on the penultimate lap, it promoted the 21-year-old to second place as he closed the gap on the top six.
Dixon, who only stepped up to BSB midway through 2016, trails both Brookes and Honda’s Jason O’Halloran by 18 points as the closest challenger to riders currently holding Showdown spots, while the injured Luke Mossey sees his place also under threat with 25 points splitting the pair with two rounds remaining before the Showdown comes into action.
With the top six in sight Dixon is focusing on breaking into the Showdown places in just his first full season in BSB.
“I was obviously delighted with pole position and felt confident for the races but in the first one we were definitely hindered by the safety car,” Dixon said. “With the Kawasaki, you can’t let the tyres cool down too much but with six laps behind the safety car that’s exactly what happened. When we got going again, they’d cooled down a bit too much and my plan of getting away in the early stages was dashed although I was still pleased with third.
“It felt really good to go one better in the second race and with 36 points from the weekend I’ve got to be happy.
“I tried to be strong again at the beginning of the race when the tyre was at its best but the others had that little bit extra towards the end whilst Josh’s crash obviously gifted me a place I wasn’t expecting.
“Peter rode a great race so hats off to him and a massive thanks to all the team who’ve worked so hard to get both me and the bike all ready for the weekend.”