Jake Dixon will join PETRONAS Sprinta Racing for the 2020 Moto2 World Championship, lining-up as part of the newly-expanded two-rider team alongside Xavi Vierge as the team enters its third season in Grand Prix racing’s middleweight class.
23-year old Dixon, from Kent in England, joined the Moto2 class this season fresh from finishing runner-up in the 2018 British Superbike championship. He is expected to take to the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Kalex for the first time at an end-of-year test in November at Jerez, after the conclusion of the 2019 season.
The 2020 Moto2 season is scheduled to begin in March next year, with the opening round at the Qatar Grand Prix taking place on March 8th.
“I’m super excited to be joining PETRONAS Sprinta Racing and I can’t wait to jump on the bike. It’s clearly a great team – you only have to look at the success they’re having this year in MotoGP and Moto3 to see that. It’s a massive opportunity for me, and I’m definitely going to be giving it my all to do my very best. 2019 hasn’t been the easiest of years for me, but I’ve learned a lot and it gives me a good base for 2020. The Kalex is a well-proven bike, and it’ll be nice to jump onto one of them too. I don’t know what the targets will be until I try out the bike, and I’ll start the season just taking it race by race. I’ll know what’s possible after testing, but now that I’ve got an amazing team behind me I want to be fighting for podiums by the end of the season.”
Razlan Razali – Team Principal
“Jake Dixon is a highly rated fine addition to the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing team and we’re expecting good things from him and Xavi Vierge in Moto2 next season. The British Superbike Championship is extremely competitive, so for him to win races in his first full season and finish second the following year there shows his potential. We’ve been taken by Jake’s talent and application in his first year of Moto2. Jake represents the final piece in the puzzle for our 2020 rider line-up across MotoGP, Moto3 and Moto2 and we’re all excited to have two bikes in Moto2 for the first time in 2020.”
Johan Stigefelt – Team Director
“It’s going to be an interesting season with Jake because we know that he’s got quality and talent. It’s his first year in Moto2 and he’s still learning a new bike and many new tracks, but when you look at his record from the past in British Superbikes he’s very fast. We’ve been following him for a while and we think he’ll be a really good option for our team, especially alongside Xavi; it’ll be a very strong line-up. For sure, Jake needs to find some improvement for next year, but we’ll set up a good team around him and start testing before 2019 even ends to help him to learn and improve. He’s still got a long way to go but we believe that with us, he can develop himself and the team to another level.”
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