Linfoot proves mettle with pair of fourth places

With a career best qualifying just a day behind him Dan Linfoot broke into the ‘Showdown’ top six after two impressive fourth places at Thruxton at the sixth round of the British Superbike Championship. Yet the 26-year old still declared himself “a bit disappointed” with the results. 

Continued good form from Linfoot on the Kawasaki

Photo: Quattro Plant Kawasaki
Thruxton was a circuit that had brought Linfoot some joy in the past as he scored his previous best result in the class there in 2011. After qualifying on the front row aboard the Quattro Plant Kawasaki with the third best time he subsequently made the position count by leading both races in the early stages.

The Yorkshire rider looked at home mixing it with Brookes, Byrne, and later Kiyonari, at the front in both races, demonstrating suitable bravery in the second with a gutsy move at Church to briefly take the lead. Despite coming so close to a debut podium – just 0.9 seconds in race one – Linfoot took comfort from his showing with the class’ leading names.

“One of the things I’ve wanted most this season has been to run with the top boys and whilst I did that successfully in both races, I’m a bit disappointed now not have taken at least one podium!” he said. “It’s been a great weekend though and the boys in the team did a great job, giving me a missile of a bike, and I focused really hard to be on the pace from the very first free practice session. At some of the previous rounds, it’s taken me a while to get up to speed so I made a conscious effort to reverse that trend this weekend and it paid off.”

Linfoot’s performances see him jump into the ‘Showdown’ places at Tommy Bridewell’s expense. Linfoot now sits joint fifth overall, joining Chris Walker on 116 points, four ahead of the Milwaukee Yamaha man.

“I was consistent throughout and ticked a lot of boxes this weekend in terms of qualifying on the front row for the first race, leading a BSB race and taking pole position for the second, all for the first time. I’ve taken my best ever finishes this weekend to grab a haul of points to move into the all-important top six Showdown positions so there’s lots of positives to take away and with the next round only a few days away, I want to do all I can to maintain the momentum.”

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