Former British Superbike and now Moto2 front-runner, Jake Dixon, will remain with the Petronas Sprinta Racing team, the squad has announced.
Dixon, who is currently mid-way through his second season in Moto2, will remain with the Razlan Razali ran outfit, making it his second consecutive year with the team.
The question mark that was over the British riders head was quickly removed in Le Mans, the weekend where he made his true breakthrough, running at the front of the field before a late crash cost him not only his maiden podium but his first-ever world victory.
Since joining the Moto2 championship, Dixon has managed to achieve 29 points, seven of which came in 2019, a year which saw the 24-year-old make the most of an old and ‘unrideable’ KTM chassis.
For 2020, he switched to Kalex machinery and although it took a while to adapt to, Dixon scored points in his very first race with the team. Since then his results have got nothing but better, more points in the Austria round, his first top ten in the Styrian round backed up by a sixth place in Misano. Recently, a snapped throttle cable put him out of possible top-five potential in Barcelona before a late crash at the French GP denied him of his first victory.
Jake returned to form in Aragon, starting fourth and finishing fourth and will get another chance at the podium this weekend.
Jake Dixon – Petronas Sprinta RacingI am so happy to be continuing with PETRONAS Sprinta Racing for another year. It made sense for both parties to be continuing, as it was only my first season with the team, and the Kalex chassis, this year and we’re only getting stronger together. We’re already achieving great things and I think we can seriously consider being able to mount a title challenge in 2021. I’m really happy and I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone at PETRONAS Sprinta Racing and all of our partners for the confidence in me and for making this happen, and I hope to do you proud!
Johan StigefeltThe progress that Jake has made from the first race this year to now has been amazing and exceeded all expectations. When we saw his steep upward curve in performance we decided that we couldn’t let him go after only one year. Jake will only continue to become stronger in the second year, with the same team and crew around him. It’s good for the team and it’s good for the championship. I’m pleased that we can continue with a very strong set up in Moto2 with Jake and Xavi [Vierge]. We have a few more races this year to do, so let’s keep progressing and get ready for 2021.
The team has now completed their plans for 2021, with John McPhee staying put for a second year with the team, joined by Darryn Binder. Jake Dixon and Xavi Vierge will once again form the Moto2 squad while it’s an all Italian affair in the Grand Prix class, with Valentino Rossi replacing Fabio Quartararo.