Dan Linfoot has been told by the Mahendra Singh Dhoni run Mahi Racing World Supersport Team that he does not have a ride for 2013 despite being flown out to India for the team’s press launch at the start of November.
Linfoot left the Buildbase BMW team in British Superbikes mid-season to join the newly formed Indian squad and rode for the team for the first time at Silverstone. He showed pace on the ZX6R, placing 7th in the penultimate race at Portimao and then in a dramatic, wet-dry race at Magny Cours he took his (and the teams) first world supersport podium, two results higher than the teams mid-table expectations. Linfoot was led to believe that the team would be keeping him on for 2013, however this has not turned out to be the case.
Linfoot said “I am so disappointed to be in this position, joining a newly formed team to compete in WSS on an agreement with a view for 2013. Delivering 2 results above the teams expectations, I was hoping would be sufficient to seal the deal for 2013 but after several weeks of poor and misleading communication, being announced on several different websites as part of a 4 man WSS team, and agreeing a verbal deal after the Portimao race, I have had the carpet pulled from beneath me and I can’t stress enough how unprofessional the management have handled the situation”.
Linfoot is now looking for rides in the British Superbike series, a task he knows will be difficult “I’m carrying a cloud over me because I’ve had a couple of seasons chopping and changing teams. The splits have been for completely different reasons and in fact, all I have wanted is to find a home in a team who believe in me and that can give me the opportunity to succeed in this sport.”
Mahi Racing Team India will continue to field reigning supersport champion, Kenan Sofuoglu alongside Fabien Foret for 2013, Linfoot’s 2012 team mate, Florian Marino has also been shown the door.