Success North of the Border for Dixon and Buchan


Round Four of the British Superbike Championship took place at the Scottish circuit of Knockhill this past weekend. With a brace of victories and podium finishes, Kawasaki and Team Green were treated to multiple successes across Saturday and Sunday.

The event didn't begin as planned, with Leon Haslam crashing in FP1 and cracking two vertebrae in his neck. He has since been recovering and is planning to be back on the bike at Snetterton in two weeks time. In Leon's absence, it was up to fellow Kawasaki riders, Luke Mossey and Jake Dixon to chase the silverware. They didn't let us down, with the Jake Dixon taking his RAF Reserves Kawasaki to a double race victory! A stunning result for Jake and the team, which was a first victory in the Superbike class for Dixon. Mossey rode two mature races to take a Second and a Fourth and move into the Championship lead.

It was a great weekend for the Ninja ZX-10RR, as the winning continued in the Superstock 1000 class. Morello Racing Kawasaki rider, Danny Buchan cruised to a double race victory, also moving into the Championship lead with a 33 point advantage over his closest rival, Richard Cooper. With Six of the top Twelve riders Kawasaki mounted in race two, we can really start to see how the new Ninja is developing in this very important class to the Manufacturer.

Moving to 600cc, Gearlink Kawasaki riders Ben Currie and Andrew Irwin were also in fine form at the tight sub one minute lap circuit. In the Sprint race on Saturday, Irwin took yet another second position behind race winner, Keith Farmer, and in the Feature race on Sunday, he replicated the result, but only losing out to Farmer on the last corner of the race! This double second position finish lands Irwin only 8 points off the Championship lead.

Senior Racing Co-ordinator for Kawasaki Motors UK, Ross Burridge said; “First and foremost I have to say a huge congratulations to Jake and the RAF Reserves Kawasaki team. They have been working hard all year since switching to Kawasaki machinery, and to take this double race win is testament to their hard work. For Danny to then back this up with a double Superstock 1000 win was fantastic, and hopefully silences the doubters of the Ninja ZX-10RR. All we can hope is that this run of success continues into the next round in two weeks time.”