20/07/2015

    Points For Dixon At Brand Hatch

    Points For Dixon At Brands Hatch.

    For Motorpoint British Supersport Championship team-mate Jake Dixon, it was a mixed meeting with his weekend starting on a low note after a high speed crash in qualifying at Westfield. With further damage to his already injured elbow, the Folkestone rider bravely started Saturday's 'Sprint' race and was holding onto a strong fifth place when he unfortunately crashed again, this time at Druids, on the ninth lap.

    Undeterred, he was back on the grid aboard the factory-backed Smiths Triumph Daytona 675R for today's 18-lap 'Feature' race and a good start saw him end the opening lap in a strong fourth place. A lap later, he'd been pushed back to sixth and although the battle for fifth went all the way to the chequered flag, Jake had to settle for sixth place and despite yesterday's spill; he remains in fourth overall in the championship table.

    Jake Dixon: "I struggled a bit this weekend with set-up and with my elbow already sore from Knockhill, I didn't help the situation with the two crashes yesterday. The team did a great job, as always, and although sixth isn't where I want to be, it was good to get a finish under my belt. My injured team-mate Graeme Gowland was a great help this weekend and we'll look to get me feeling more comfortable on the bike in a test session before the next round."

    Rebecca Smith, Team Manager: "If you'd have spoken to me last night, my reaction would have been a lot different but race day today was a lot more rewarding and a lot closer to where we want to be. It was a tough start to the weekend and Billy was struggling a lot with his confidence and set-up with the bike and drastic changes hadn't helped. He knew it was down to him and dug really deep so to do what he did on race day was incredible and I'm so, so happy for him as he works so hard. Jake was again struggling with getting the bike to feel comfortable and do what he wanted it to do and with Graeme here he was at least able to get a bit more of a direction. He reverted back to what he knew and after the two crashes yesterday, it was nice to get a top six finish. We've a test planned for next week with the aim of getting Jake in a comfortable place and back to his best."

    MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship - Race One (20 laps)
    1 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
    2 Richard Cooper (Kawasaki)
    3 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
    4 Tommy Bridewell (BMW)
    5 Michael Laverty (BMW)
    6 John Hopkins (Ducati)
    9 Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing BMW)

    MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship - Race Two (20 laps)
    1 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
    2 Shane Byrne (Kawasaki)
    3 Richard Cooper (Kawasaki)
    4 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
    5 Michael Laverty (BMW)
    6 Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing BMW)

    Championship Positions (after six rounds)
    1 Byrne 221pts
    2 Brookes 216
    3 Ellison 147
    4 Easton 139
    5 O'Halloran 103
    6 Bridewell 99
    10 McConnell 53

    Motorpoint British Supersport Championship - Race One (12 laps)
    1 Luke Stapleford (Triumph)
    2 Kyle Ryde (Yamaha)
    3 Andrew Reid (Yamaha)
    4 James Rispoli (Yamaha)
    5 Sam Hornsey (Triumph)
    6 Luke Hedger (Kawasaki)
    DNF Jake Dixon (Smiths Racing Triumph)

    Motorpoint British Supersport Championship - Race Two (18 laps)
    1 Luke Stapleford (Triumph)
    2 Kyle Ryde (Yamaha)
    3 Andrew Reid (Yamaha)
    4 James Rispoli (Yamaha)
    5 Sam Hornsey (Triumph)
    6 Jake Dixon (Smiths Racing Triumph)

    Championship standings (after six rounds)
    1 Stapleford 219pts
    2 Ryde 211
    3 Irwin 180
    4 Dixon 140
    5 Rispoli 100
    6 Reid 99

    The seventh round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Thruxton over the weekend of 31 July/2 August. For more information, please visit www.britishsuperbike.com and www.smithsracing.co.uk.

    Pictures (courtesy of Jon Jessop Photography): Billy McConnell (3) and Jake Dixon (7) in action at Brands Hatch this weekend. 

    Note to Editors:

    Smiths (Gloucester) Limited was started in 1982 by Alan Smith. Smiths is a family run business and provides services in construction, waste management and recycling, demolition, transport, skip hire, laser levelling, asbestos removal and plant hire. It has grown from a small, owner-operated construction firm to one of the region's largest and most respected construction services and waste management companies.

    Alan Smith developed his love of bikes and racing in the 1980s when he competed in local and national amateur motocross events, his highest achievement being several top three positions in the national four-stroke and superclass categories.

    The Smiths Racing Team continues the family ethos with daughter Rebecca adopting the mantle of Team Manager and wife Anne, son Paul and daughters Helen and Lisa often seen supporting the team on race days.

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