Classic motorcycle racer Jason Dixon took part in the ninth round of the Thundersport GB championship at Mallory Park over the weekend.
Jason, of Caythorpe, knew from the outset that he and his team would be on the backfoot as he had not ridden the Leicestershire racetrack for four years and, due to work commitments, he was unable to attend the Thursday test day to reacquaint himself with the circuit.
And so it was straight into qualifying on Saturday morning, from which Jason was disappointed to only place himself 21st on the grid.
He said: “‘Steady away’ was the phrase used. Because there was a massive entry for Mallory, the grids were rammed, meaning qualifying was doubled up. There were so many bikes on circuit, it was difficult to get a clean lap.”
Jason made a poor start to race one, struggling to launch his Yamaha YZF 750SP off the start line, but he valiantly plugged away to finish a respectable seventh in class in the Golden Era Superbike Series.
The second race of the day was a similar affair for Jason, again finishing seventh in class. He said: “Much the same as race one, I had an awful start. The Yamaha seems to bog down just as I open the taps, but we went a second quicker than race one, so heading the right way.”
Sunday morning’s practice session proved less than beneficial as the track was very slow to get up to a decent temperature.
Jason said: “The whole field had to tread gingerly, especially exiting Devil’s Elbow, the only left on the circuit.”
Jason made quite a clean start to Sunday’s first race, and made made some good progress, before a massive slice exiting Gerard’s left the door wide open for the riders on his tail. He crossed the finish line eighth in class.
A fourth solid finish in the fourth and final race of the weekend saw Jason eighth again to cement his sixth place overall in the championship. He said: “We made few changes to the Yamaha, spun the rear tyre and stiffened the rear shock. The race got under way, we settled in, but could not find a rhythm.”
Jason expressed his thanks to all his helpers and sponsors – pit crewman Oliver Dixon, team-mate Andy Challis for the hospitality, Phil Crow for the suspension set-up, HPC Homes, Mark at HMT Tyres, and Colin Port Images.
Jason urged anyone wishing to go along and support him to get in touch and he will sort some tickets. The next round is at Rockingham on July 29/30.