MOTORCYCLING: Caythorpe classic bike racer Jason calls it a day
Classic motorcycle racer Jason Dixon will be back on track again this weekend when his season begins at Brands Hatch.
However, Jason says it will be his final year of competition as he believes he is getting a bit long in the tooth.
Once again, Jason will be contesting the Golden Era Superbike Series which is part of the Thundersport GB event package that will see him also racing at Donington Park, Mallory Park, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park, Rockingham, Anglesley and Snetterton.
Jason and his team are switching from a Suzuki GSXR 750 to a Yamaha YZF 750SP this season – which he is adamant will be his last. Born in Caythorpe, Jason has moved back to the village with his fiancee Courtney whom he is marrying in the summer.
Jason said: “I’m 46 years young now so need to grow up.
“I am getting married to Courtney in Florida on August 28 this year, so unfortunately we have to miss one round of racing. I tried to move the wedding but unfortunately she won!”
Turning age 47 mid-season this year, Jason only began motorcycle racing 15 years ago when he campaigned a Honda Hornet 600 in New Era Club events. The following season in 2003, Jason won the New Era Twins Championship on a Honda RC51 1000.
He recorded six wins on the same bike the following year, before taking to the track on an Aprilia RSVR 1000 in 2005 when he contested the MRO Milli Challenge, in which his best finish was a third place.
But he rode to a resounding eight victories on the same bike the following year, and four more the season after. Jason switched to Thundersport GB events five years on his beloved and reliable Suzuki.
Jason said: “When I have not been racing completely we have been testing doing track days, keeping close to the action.
“I have been to the Isle of Man nine years on the trot now as a spectator and wheelman for Phil Crow, another Lincolnshire rider.
“I have a licence and could enter the festival, this would be a dream of mine, but if I’m honest it scares me. The TT racers are something special.”
Practice at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit is today (Friday) with racing on Saturday and Sunday.