Lee Jackson's 2023 British Superbike Championship (BSB) campaign kicked up a gear during round three of the season at Donington Park, the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki rider returning to the top six and the title mix
A two-time race winner in 2022, Jackson arrived at Donington Park on the back of an underwhelming start to the season at Silverstone and Oulton Park.
However, he put that behind him with a notable step forward in competitiveness at Donington Park.
Battling at the sharp end throughout, the Lincoln rider brought home a brace of top six results - a 4-5-6 - to extend a consistent run that lifts him to sixth in the overall standings.
"Donington was a much better weekend and the results a lot better and closer to what I’d expect from myself – it certainly helped being able to see the lights on the grid!
"I wasn’t far off the leaders and in the fight for the podium in a couple of the races, so it was good to have that consistency.
“I was a bit tentative in the last race so took myself back to what I knew and found a good rhythm. It’s good to move forward and make good progress as, at one point, I wanted to switch back to last year’s bike to prove it wasn’t me."
Having struggled to dial in the latest upgrades to the well-proven ZX-10RR package, Jackson is optimistic Donington Park marks a turning point in his season.
“From the outside, it probably looks like we’re running the same bike, but we’ve switched to the factory KRT swingarm and threw it straight in for the first round at Silverstone, without any testing,” he explained.
“That, along with the new construction tyre being used in BSB this year, means it’s taken some time to get used to the bike and how it performs. We had a new link for the swingarm at Donington though which made me more comfortable and gave me more consistency, so I’d like to think we’ve turned the corner.
“Donington would have been a bit demoralising if I hadn’t got some decent results, but I now feel like we’re getting somewhere, and three top six finishes is a lot more like it. It gives us plenty to build on and, hopefully, we’ll be as strong at the next rounds.”
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