BSB Knockhill Round-Up: Dixon secures maiden victories

Jake Dixon - BSB Knockhill round-up
Jake Dixon secured his maiden British Superbike victories at Knockhill.

Jake Dixon added his name to the list of winners in the MCE British Superbike Championship after securing an impressive double at Knockhill.

The RAF Reserves Reserves Kawasaki rider had a dominant weekend in Scotland, fighting off some of the series’ veteran riders in the process.

Elsewhere Shane Byrne picked up two, third-place finishes to move up into the Showdown positions in the championship.

Taylor Mackenzie picked up the best result of his BSB career in race one, picking up a fifth place finish at his home event.

Championship leader heading into the weekend Leon Haslam was ruled out of the race through a concussion and two fractured vertebrae. Glenn Irwin and Christian Iddon also missed out due to injuries from their respective free practice crashes.

BSB Knockhill – Race One

Dixon flew off the front-row to take the lead of the race early-on. Behind him Jason O’Halloran and Byrne came together, causing both riders to fall down the order.

James Ellison and Mossey dropped in behind Dixon, although they soon had O’Halloran on their tails and a battle was started.

Ellison’s race came to a premature end on lap five, with the McAMS Yamaha rider sliding out of contention at turn three.

Dan Linfoot soon joined the fight for the podium spots and was battling with his teammate, O’Halloran. Linfoot made his move at the Hairpin but he lost the front on the brakes and fell out of the race.

At the front, Dixon and Mossey had pulled away from the chasing pack – leaving O’Halloran, Byrne and Mackenzie to battle it out for the final podium step.

Byrne made his move on lap 16, after making a decisive move down the inside of O’Halloran at the Hairpin.

Josh Brookes became another victim at the Hairpin as the Australian slipped out of the race whilst battling for a points-scoring position.

At the front Dixon crossed the line to take his maiden BSB victory, and a well-deserved one at that following a classy ride.

He was joined on the podium by Mossey and Byrne, with O’Halloran and Mackenzie settling for fourth and fifth respectively.

Peter Hickman was next-up in sixth, followed across the line by John Hopkins and Sylvain Guintoli on the second Bennetts Suzuki. Lee Jackson and Michael Laverty rounded-up the top 10 finishers.

BSB Knockhill – Race Two

Dixon hit the front once again at the start of race two, with Mossey and Ellison slotting in behind him once again. Byrne and Linfoot were also not far off the top three in the opening stages of the race.

The opening laps of the race were the stage for an exciting battle between the front-runners. Mossey and Ellison exchanged blows five times in one lap as they battled for the advantage at the front.

The lead continued to change hands each lap, with Dixon hitting the front once again for a few laps until Mossey took the advantage back on lap seven.

Dixon soon found himself down in fourth after losing out to Ellison and Byrne within the space of a few laps.

Mossey had edged a marginal lead but the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider lost the ground with a mistake and it allowed his rivals to return to striking distance.

With five laps remaining Ellison had taken the lead of the race, with Mossey and Dixon in close proximity. Dixon made a decisive move on Mossey for second, with Byrne soon following him through to take the final podium spot.

Dixon made a last-gasp move on Ellison and he managed to hold the veteran off to take his second victory of the day.

Behind the leading quartet Brookes secured a fifth place spot, just ahead of the Honda Racing duo of Linfoot and O’Halloran.

Laverty, Hickman and Billy McConnell rounded-out the top 10 finishers.

The results at Knockhill mean that Mossey now leads the championship with 141 points – 30 points clear of Haslam in second. Byrne now finds himself in a strong third spot on 90 points, four clear of Iddon who was unable to compete this weekend.

The fifth round of the 2017 BSB Championship takes place at Snetterton on the weekend of June 30 – July 2.