For sure it’s not going to be a weekend to forget for Jake Dixon. On Friday he will get on a MotoGP bike for the first time and will do so in his home Grand Prix, at Silverstone. The Petronas team has chosen the British rider to step onto the M1 of Morbidelli (who is still recovering after the knee operation) and it will be a unique but also very complicated opportunity for him.
Dixon will have to learn very quickly how to handle the Yamaha, on a track that is also very technical and fast. It’s something that is enough to make anyone's legs tremble, but Jake knows he will have an ally: the British public will be on his side.
“This weekend will be difficult, jumping on the big bike for the first time at my home GP, but I’m really looking forward to it – he couldn't hide his contrasting emotions - It’s always exciting to be racing at home, but this year it’s going to be extra special. The home support is always amazing there, I love the track and I think it’s going to be a great experience.”
This does not mean that it will be a walk in the park however…
“To have a big crowd there and the knowledge of the circuit is really going to help me this weekend, although I’m obviously not looking for any particular result. I’m just going to go out and enjoy it!” is Dixon’s declared aim.