GRANTHAM motorcycle racer Jason Dixon made an encouraging return to the sport following a six-year lay-off.
Jason took part in the first round of the newly created Golden Era Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch over the weekend.
The budget race series is for four-stroke machines manufactured before the year 2000. Jason heard about the new Thundersport GB-run championship last year and decided to give it a go.
Jason said: “I did a little research and thought the best pre-2000 superbike would be the fuel-injected Suzuki GSXR 750.
“I had it painted in the old Clarion Suzuki colours that Chris Walker rode in 2000.”
Jason went into Saturday qualifying understandably a bit nervous, with a wet track and not having raced for six years.
He was disappointed to only qualify 13th but in race one he managed to finish seventh, only to be penalised for a false start and relegated to 10th. Jason made sure he did not jump the lights in the second race.
He enjoyed a good race until he lost control slightly exiting Druids and ran over his foot. He managed to stay on the bike and came in 12th.
Both Sunday’s races were televised and Jason upped his game for the cameras. He had a good start in the opening race and slowly picked off his rivals in the pouring rain to finish seventh.
The rain continued for the second race of the day in which Jason crossed the finish line fifth. He said: “It seemed even wetter but I had such a buzz from race one, I couldn’t wait to get started. I got off the line a lot better. The Suzuki was spinning up everywhere but seemed to find grip in the corners.”
He lies seventh in the championship and said he is looking forward to his next round at Donington Park.
Jason said: “All in all my comeback to racing was a great success.”