Jake Dixon to join Briggs team at Snetterton BSB tests
June 14, 2016 by David Turner
We’re delighted to learn that 20-year old Jake Dixon will make his MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship debut with the Briggs-sponsored RAF Regular & Reserve BMW team this week.
Jake will ride a second BMW S1000RR in the official BSB tests at Snetterton (June 15-16) alongside current rider Alastair Seeley.
Dixon was previously competing in the Dickies British Supersport Championship, riding for Tsingtao Hampshire MV Agusta and was lying in seventh overall in the table before leaving the team. He will now get his first taste of a Superbike machine at the two day Snetterton tests using the team’s spare BMW, which was ridden by Seeley at the North West 200 and has been updated in accordance with the 2016 BSB specifications.
Although Jake is only participating in a test at this stage, there is the possibility that he could join the team for the remainder of the year.
Commenting on the opportunity, Jake Dixon said: “I’m super excited to get a chance to move up to the Superbike class with such a competitive team.
“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.”
Team Owner Lee Hardy added: “This is a great opportunity for Jake to experience riding a Superbike in a no-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.”