The MCE British Superbike Championship kicked off last weekend – and it was a strong opening for Lee Jackson.
The 20-year-old qualified with a top ten finish following a tense battle between riders at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire.
During the qualifying stages on April 10, Jackson secured a solid 11th place. But it wasn’t until the first race that he found a firm footing on the track and moved into the top ten in eighth position.
By the second race, Jackson was in a good position, moving three places up on the grid. And though he started well, Jackson faltered slightly when another rider cut him up on the track.
Yet Jackson held strong throughout the first few laps, managing to break through the field to finish in seventh place.
“With the mixed conditions this weekend, I’m chuffed to get an 8th and 7th as we were struggling with a bit of front end chatter on Friday,” Jackson said. “We managed to go back to the setting we had last year, which was a bit of a gamble but it worked out and qualifying 11th really helped.
“I can’t complain with the bike – in race one I didn’t quite get up to speed as quick as I should have but I picked them off and finished eighth. In race two I got a better start and I came in seventh, which I’m pretty pleased with for the start of the season given the conditions this weekend.”
The racer remains determined for the next BSB race, which takes place on April 30 until May 2 at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
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