I want another title in 2014, says Jackson
Lee Jackson has outlined his ambition to go for National Superstock 1000 title in 2014 ahead of his home round at Cadwell Park.
The Skellingthorpe rider has enjoyed an excellent 'learning year' in his first season on a 1000cc machine with Buildbase BMW.
Jackson has improved with almost every race and heads to Cadwell ninth in the standings and within just 20 points of fourth spot.
While the 17-year-old's plans for next year are yet to be finalised, it is likely he will remain in the Superstock class ahead of potential move to British Superbike in 2015.
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"The main conversation (with the team) has been Superstock 1000 again (in 2014) and go for the championship," said Jackson.
"This year has been a learning year and next year should be the year to go for it.
"And there's a new BMW coming out and it's meant to be just as good, if not better."
As for this year, Jackson remains in the frame for a top five finish, particularly with some of his favourites tracks coming up – Cadwell, Donington Park and Silverstone.
The teenager hopes to be fighting for big points in the Wolds after a difficult weekend at Oulton Park last time out.
Jackson suffered a loss of confidence at Oulton, although he still finished 11th after working his way up from 17th on the grid.
However, he believes some testing miles at Cadwell and Mallory Park in recent weeks have put him back on track.
"I lost some confidence as I had some set-up issues which didn't give me a good feel for qualifying," added the former North Kesteven School pupil.
"I've been to Cadwell and Mallory for a bit extra track time.
"We've now got a good base setting to start with so if we need to change anything, it will be easier rather than us having to gamble.
"The bike should be good at Cadwell. It's fast in a straight line which should help me down the back straight and fast corners.
"But Cadwell is difficult to pass on so you may need to wait until the last lap to make a move.
"It's definitely important to qualify well there because there's only three on a row.
"So one of the main targets is the get on the front three rows."
Jackson coasted to victory at Cadwell last year on his way to the Superstock 600 crown.
Up against a highly-competitive field, a repeat may be asking too much, but he still expects to be challenging for the top five.
"When I went testing I only went 0.4 seconds faster than I did on my 600," he revealed.
"So I know there's a lot of room for improvement because the 1000 bike is faster.
"Hopefully, with a bit more corner speed and confidence, I can knock more than a second off.
"I'm going to look for a top five finish and, if a podium place is there, I've got to try and take it.
"It feels different to last year because I was winning the championship.
"Now I'm in the top 10, and I want to stay there.
"I could get fifth if I stay consistent and keep picking up top 10 finishes.
"We'll have to see how the last few races go, but I've got some good tracks coming up like Donington and Silverstone."
How they stand
1 Adam Jenkinson 131
2 Hudson Kennaugh 123
3 Joe Burns 99
4 Filip Backlund 79
5 Tristan Palmer 79
9 Lee Jackson 59