Superbike rider Dixon endures mixed fortunes at Brands Hatch round

Superstock 600 rider Ryan Vickers. Picture: Barry Clay

Superstock 600 rider Ryan Vickers. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

RAF Regular and Reserve Superbike rider Jake Dixon experienced mixed fortunes at round two of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch over the Easter Bank Holiday.

Superstock 600 rider Ryan Vickers. Picture: Barry Clay

Superstock 600 rider Ryan Vickers. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

Dixon qualified in 14th place, but with only 0.645 of a second covering the first 20 places it was a good result on the Kawasaki ZX10-RR that is still not setup as the team require.

In race one, Dixon was plagued with machine problems that saw him going backwards until he finally retired from the race.

However, he bounced back to a points scoring 13th position in race two.

In the Superstock 1000 class, Morello Racing looked as if they were going to be the team to beat again – at one point Danny Buchan and Fraser Rogers topped the timings on their Kawasaki ZX10-RRs.

Superstock 600 rider Ryan Vickers. Picture: Barry Clay

Superstock 600 rider Ryan Vickers. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant


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Sunday started with a 50-mile race and this turned out to be a duel between Buchan and Richard Cooper.

Buchan took the hole shot and led for the first few laps until Cooper made his move. But Buchan was happy to just bide his time as Cooper's rear tyre went off.

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Unfortunately, the red flag came out with 11 laps remaining and Buchan had to settle for second, although he did have the consolation of recording the fastest lap.

Rogers, who had struggled initially, was a revelation as the race went on, and at one time he was the fastest rider on the track as he moved up to fifth position.

Superstock 600 rider Ryan Vickers. Picture: Barry Clay

Superstock 600 rider Ryan Vickers. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

The RAF Regular and Reserve rider Jordan Weaving had a great ride that saw him come home in 11th position, grabbing his first points of the year.

Monday's Superstock 1000 was fast, but on the Indy circuit the backmarkers played a big part in the final result and Buchan, who had led at one stage, lost out as they started to lap the field. The race win went to Ian Hutchinson with Buchan finishing in fifth position. Rogers was sixth and Weaving came in 13th.

Buchan now trails Cooper by eight points in the title chase.

Thetford's Ryan Vickers took an excellent seventh position in the Superstock 600 class on his 600cc Yamaha.

Superstock 600 rider Ryan Vickers. Picture: Barry Clay

Superstock 600 rider Ryan Vickers. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

Oulton Park hosts the third round of the series with the meeting from April 29-May 1.

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