Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot bravely rode through the wet conditions in the final MCE British Superbike race and remained on his Fireblade to cross the finishing line in first place, and in doing so secured his first BSB win of his career.
It has been a tough year for the Northerner and this race weekend did not exactly go to plan. He crashed in nearly every free practice session and fell in the first race on Sunday after getting tangled up in an incident with Taylor Mackenzie and Lee Jackson.
But Linfoot bounced back and rode an intelligent race to take his first maximum points haul in the final event. It has been a long time coming for the Honda man, and he has racked up a plethora of second places and a total of 12 podium finishes since he first entered the class nearly eight years ago.
He is unfortunately not in the showdown, but his team-mate, Jason O’Halloran is. Linfoot can still finish inside the top ten in the overall standings and there are three rounds remaining and he is is aiming to finish 2017 on a high. But it is the first win for Honda on the new Fireblade in BSB.
“I am very happy to take the first win, I thought it was never going to come. Today it was meant to be. Massive thanks to the team,” said Linfoot, speaking to at the circuit.
“I know I am not in the showdown but Jason got in so at least there is one Honda rider in. Now I am looking towards the final part of the season and focusing on as many podiums as possible and getting some fun back into it and trying to smile again.
“Anything can happen in BSB it is unpredictable and I am still stunned that I made it happen today and I will try and do my best at Oulton Park next week.”