RAF Regular and & Reserves racer Jake Dixon is the only rider with a realistic chance of stopping Leon Haslam from winning the 2018 British Superbike Championship. He will be looking to keep up the pressure at Assen in Holland this Sunday, September 30th.
Dixon is flying high at the moment after a double win at Oulton Park reduced the points deficit to 31 behind Haslam on a JG Speedfit Kawasaki. There are only 125 points left for winning all the remaining five races, so even if Dixon won all races, as long as Haslam finished second each time, then Haslam would still win the title by six points.
A recently announced 2019 deal to race in MotoGP in the Moto2 class will give Dixon even more motivation this weekend, so expect him to be at the very front. He won’t have it all his own way as Assen is a regular stop on the World Superbike Calendar and Haslam has had years of experience riding there.
Haslam too is on a high having signed for the official Kawasaki World Superbike team, replacing Tom Sykes and joining multiple World Champion Johnny Rea in 2019. He will want to take the British title with him and knows exactly what he has to do to secure it.
Third place is Josh Brookes on a Yamaha, who is 74-points behind Haslam. Brookes is a great racer and former Champion. Dixon will be counting on Brookes and the other title fighters to relegate Haslam down the results sheet and off the podium if possible to try and claw back the points deficit to Haslam.
Haslam has dominated all season but it is refreshing to see the Championship still being hotly contested thanks to the innovative title fight rules.
Plantec Assist’s Ben Luxton will be hard at training ahead of his next and final race of the season at Brands Hatch on 14th October. The Pirelli 600 Superstock National Championship misses Assen, which is a shame as Luxton is on fine form, finishing second last time out.