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Dixon signs up for 2017 British Superbike Championship

2016 British Superbike Championship, BSB R05, Snetterton, Norfolk. 8th July 2016.
Jake Dixon, Dover, Royal Air Force Regular & Reserve

2016 British Superbike Championship, BSB R05, Snetterton, Norfolk. 8th July 2016.<br />Jake Dixon, Dover, Royal Air Force Regular &amp; Reserve[/caption]  Lee Hardy Racing has today (July 20) announced the signing of exciting young prospect Jake Dixon to contest the 2017 <a href=””>MCE Insurance British Superbike </a>Championship.  We’re delighted with the decision, which makes the Briggs Equipment-sponsored team the first to declare its plans for next season.  The team wants to field two riders in 2017 and sees Dixon, who has made a major impression since joining the team in mid-June, as a perfect fit. Despite only having competed in two BSB rounds thus far, 20-year old Jake has done more than enough, both on and off the track, to convince team owner Lee Hardy that he has what it takes to succeed in the world’s most competitive Superbike Championship.  Jake has competed at both Knockhill and Snetterton, taking a brilliant sixth place at the recent ‘home’ round, despite never having ridden a Superbike until the official BSB test at the Norfolk circuit in June. He has scored points in all three of the races he’s finished and Hardy immediately snapped up the former British Supersport Championship race winner for the remainder of the 2016 and 2017 season.  Today’s announcement is a clear indication of the team’s faith in the youngster, whilst current rider Alastair Seeley is in the frame to fill the remaining seat in next season’s two-rider team.  Commenting on the decision, Jake Dixon said: “To be signed up for 2017 before we’ve even got to the half way stage of 2016 is a massive weight off my shoulders and will allow me to really focus on the job in hand. I have an amazing team around me and I feel we will only get stronger with each and every round. I would like to thank Lee, Briggs Equipment UK and the Royal Air Force for giving me this opportunity and I really can’t wait for the rest of this season nor 2017!”  Lee Hardy said: “I’m delighted to have secured Jake’s signature for the 2017 season and it’s great for all concerned to have everything in place so soon. Since joining the team in June, he’s made a major impression with both the team and the sponsors. He’s scored points immediately and is beating riders who not only have more experience but have also won BSB races – that shows the potential he has and we wanted to get him signed for 2017 as soon as possible.  “He’s an up and coming rider with a lot of raw talent and we believe he’s a future race winner in BSB and possibly beyond. It’s great to work with someone fresh and for Jake, he’s joining an established BSB team with a proven pedigree. Having the deal in place so early means there’s continuity for everyone and crucially for Jake, there’s no pressure on him to get results in the second half of 2016. He can ride freely for the rest of the season, concentrate on his riding and continue to learn the Superbike, safe in the knowledge 2017 is already taken care of.  “2017 will be our third year with BMW, I am very pleased with the support we have received from the brand and am looking forward to using their product again next year. Running a two-man team will be no small feat.  I have enjoyed having two riders within the garage, it’s a great way to grow the team and now I feel the time is right to do so. Alastair is still strongly in the frame for continuing his seat within the team; he delivered my team its first ever Northwest 200 podium this year and I am looking forward to having a strong second half to the 2016 season.”

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