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Brands BSB finale: Haslam’s weekend could be unravelling, says Dixon

Title chaser Jake Dixon has revealed he’s already seen flaws in Leon Haslam’s weekend that could point to a turn in fortune for the series leader.

But the RAF Regular and Reserves rider insists he’s still going to focus on his own race and let the championship favourite follow his own route.

Dixon clocked the third fastest lap of this morning’s practice session before finishing second and just 0.007s behind Glenn Irwin this afternoon, even without crew chief Glen Richards on hand.


And although he knows it’s a tall order to make up the 61-point deficit to take the title, Dixon says the pressure is all on Haslam.

“You’ve seen what happened to Leon last year and I think we’ve already seen it I think at the beginning of this weekend,” he told Bikesport News. “I’m just going to do my own thing like I do every weekend.

“I think there’s cracks already that are showing - last round, this round, it’s only for a bit of bad luck on my side that we’re 61 points behind so I think we’ll just do our own races and see what happens.

Like Irwin, Dixon admitted that the wind caused him serious trouble today as he struggled to find a good setup with his Kawasaki.

But he’s hoping the forecasts run true and it dies down as he feels the conditions today were unsafe.

“It’s windy, it’s really bad and I don’t know if it’s the wind affecting or what, but I don’t have a great feeling with the bike at the minute. Especially with the way its reacting on entry, I just don’t feel happy.

“I haven’t had Glen here today, he comes tonight so that’s been hard because we’ve not been able to change anything with the chassis, so we’ve just been doing bits with engine braking and electronic side of things, but the team has done a great job.

“The wind is just horrendous, it’s just so bad – it’s just everywhere, its actually dangerous, so dangerous. When you’re coming down start finish one lap it’ll be fine and the next lap you’ll just get a gust and you nearly end up on the grass. At 160mph that ain’t fun but hopefully it’s meant to die down over the next two days.”

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