Dixon set for World Superbike debut with Donington Park wildcard

The Royal Air Force Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team will be making their World Superbike debut at the forthcoming Donington Park round, entering MCE British Superbike contender Jake Dixon as a wildcard.

The squad are desperate for track time with the new ZX-10RR and team principal Lee Hardy believes the combined sessions over the course of a weekend at the Leicestershire circuit will prove hugely beneficial in terms of setup ideas and data gathering. 

Dixon said:  “This is a test session for us, pure and simple. To be honest, it will be great to be on the same track as my fellow Kawasaki riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, who are both great champions, but we have to focus on what we are there for and that is to get our base settings nailed before the next BSB round. It will be interesting to see the difference between the BSB spec to the full blown World Superbike.

“The team have told me that there are a number of things that we need to try over that weekend and we aren’t going start comparing ourselves to the WSBK guys. We need to focus on a better performance at Donington than we put in at the first BSB round in terms of lap times and tyre consistency. I would like to say thank you to my team and sponsors for making this opportunity available to me and I am looking forward to the experience. I hope we come away from the weekend in a really good position to set us up well for the next round of BSB where I want to be fighting at the front.”

Team Principal Hardy commented: “We made massive steps at the last round at Oulton Park and it will be good to go back to a circuit we have already visited this season as comparison will be key for us.

“Yes the bike is new to us for this year; however personnel within the team at the start of the season held the project back. This required me to make some changes and since bringing Glen Richards into the team we have made huge steps in the right direction. 

“Jake hasn’t had anything like enough laps so far to make the headway we expected so this experience will only be of benefit to him and allow Jake and the team to return to round four of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Knockhill hopefully with a much better package.

“With two hours alone on Friday, we can find a really good direction with the bike – the team have opted to run the same bike that Jake rides every weekend at BSB, it make sense to do this and optimise the track time so that all information is relevant. 

“There is a structure for Jake to follow and they will be making adjustments at the end of each further session on Saturday and Sunday. It’s an ideal way for us as there is plenty of time and no pressure on us to perform.”

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