It was a fantastic start to the sixth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship for Lee Jackson. Taking place at Thruxton Circuit in late July, the number 14 rider turned heads as he fought hard at the front, never dropping out of the top four within the three practice sessions.
Continuing to impress in qualifying, Jackson made his way through to the one-lap Superpole session for the first time, going on to take his best-ever qualifying in the series as he secured a second row start for Sunday’s opening race. As he took on the big names, Jackson was just 0.009s adrift of Michael Laverty’s fastest lap – an incredible time.
The Buildbase BMW rider had a strong start for race one and was fighting for a top six position when the red flag appeared and halted the action. As the race restarted, all riders had to hit the track with previously used tyres from the first race. Given the extra laps, Jackson’s softer tyre dropped off and forced him to retire from the race. But he pulled it back once again in the second race and crossed the line in tenth position.
“I’m a gutted to be honest as we had top six pace all weekend but then it didn’t come together for us on race day,” Lee Jackson said after the weekend’s events. “We’ve shown we’ve got what it takes this weekend to run at the front it’s just a shame things went the wrong way in the races, especially the first race where I was fighting for a strong position. I’d like to say a massive thanks to all my sponsors, supporters and of course the team.”
Soon after, the number 14 rider also went on to thank his sponsors, family and team mates on Twitter as well, saying that every single one is fantastic and he really appreciates the help.
The MCE British Superbike Championship makes its return to Brands Hatch for the second time this season on August 5 – 7. Make sure to remain on trend with Jackson’s latest updates on Twitter and Facebook.
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