British Superbikes title fighter Jake Dixon will join the Moto2 grid next year with Angel Nieto Team.
The British rider, who is currently second in the British Superbikes Championship, confirmed he would be joining the Spanish outfit on a two-year contract after weeks of rumour and speculation.
Dixon has impressed many over the last few years, becoming the youngest ever rider to make it into the Showdown of the series in 2017 before finishing sixth. The Brit has won three races this season including an impressive double victory at Oulton Park and sits 31 points adrift of Leon Haslam at the top with five races remaining.
Jake Dixon: “I want to say thank you to Jorge Martínez “Aspar” and the Ángel Nieto Team for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. This is a team with a lot of experience and several world titles behind them and I am looking forward to being part of a new project with the ÁÁngel Nieto Team and KTM. The first season will be for gathering as much information as possible, learning as much as I can and then fighting for the championship after that. I’d also like to say thanks to RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki, my team for the past two seasons, for everything they have done for me and to everybody that has helped make it possible for me to make the step up to the Moto2 World Championship.’
Jorge Martínez “Aspar“: ‘We are very happy to welcome Jake Dixon to the Grand Prix paddock and the Ángel Nieto Team family. He is a rider with a lot of promise because he is still young but already achieving top results in his country. It is a big signing for out return to Moto2 and alongside KTM we hope to continue to grow together in 2019.’
Qatar 2019 will not be Dixon’s first Moto2 start as he previously made a wildcard appearance at Silverstone in 2017 where he finished 25th. We are sure Dixon will fare better this time around after getting a feel for his new machinery and we wish him the best of luck for the remainder of his BSB season and for 2019.