Jake Dixon kept himself in the mix at the upper end of the 2023 Moto2 World Championship points’ standings with a hard-earned run to sixth place at Jerez.
Arriving in Spain looking to recover a fistful of points following his freak crash on the warm-up last time out at COTA, while Dixon admits the Andalusian circuit hasn’t treated him well in the past, he proved competitive all weekend.
Snagging a spot on the front row of the grid, though the combination of a bad start and difficulty finding his rhythm in the early stages saw Dixon slip back to the bottom end of the top ten at one stage, he gritted his teeth to take sixth at the flag.
Holding down seventh position in the overall standings - 38 points adrift of series leader Pedro Acosta - the Autosolar GasGas Aspar rider was satisfied with the return on his weekend.
"I knew it was going to be a difficult race and it is frustrating, because I wanted more. I had too much of a tyre drop early in the race and this hasn't been my favourite race track, so to finally finish one race here, in sixth position, is not so bad.
“It's good that we have a test on Tuesday as we need to find some things to help some rear grip. I'm looking forward to that. I gave my maximum during the race and I'm happy for that. We need to try better if we want to really try to fight them."
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