Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Dan Linfoot secured his first MCE British Superbike podium in the third race at Oulton Park, but he isn’t getting carried away.
Since the championship last visited the Cheshire track in May Linfoot has consistently finished in the top seven, improving his pace as the season went on and has been on the cusp of finishing on the podium in recent races. The Yorkshire rider got his weekend off to a strong start, qualifying in third position for the first race of the weekend however as his softer rear tyre lost grip, meaning he lost touch with the fight for the podium however he did secure a solid fifth position.
Cheshire was hit by heavy rain on Sunday, meaning conditions were difficult for the riders as the warm August air dried the track out between downpours. Choosing a slick rear and intermediate front tyre for race two, Linfoot was able to equal his best result of the season as the track conditions dried and he came out of a battle for fourth on top, making the move on the final lap of 18.
As the weather conditions continued to vary throughout Sunday, race three was again on a drying track and Linfoot took advantage of these conditions to secure his début podium. Getting into the top five early on in the race, the 26 year old made his move towards the end of the race, briefly taking second position from Shane Byrne. Despite Byrne swiftly moving back past his fellow Kawasaki rider, Linfoot was able to hold off the force of Ryuichi Kiyonari and crossed the line in third.
Linfoot’s strong weekend moved him into fourth in the championship standings and is looking to finish in the top six ahead of the Showdown: “To finally crack the podium is a fantastic feeling and it’s testament to the team who have given me a superb bike all season. It feels like it’s been a long time coming but this weekend was all about carrying the confidence from the previous round at Thruxton and to come away with a third, a fourth and a fifth shows I’ve done just that.
From the beginning of the weekend, I felt really good and although it proved to be a challenging weekend with the conditions we proved we were strong in both the wet and dry and I’m just so happy. I’ve had some tough times in the past what with bad results and going through the winter without a ride so when it all comes together like this, it makes you appreciate it more. At the same time though, I’m keeping my feet firmly on the ground as there’s still a long way to go and we’re focusing firmly on the next four races now to make sure we finish inside the top six.”