Over-heating quick-release brake bolts were the cause of Dan Linfoot’s mid-race problems at the Bennetts British Superbike season opener at Silverstone but his Santander TAG team will have the situation solved head of Thursday’s Oulton test.
Linfoot took his privateer Yamaha R1 to sixth on the grid for race one but the over-heating problem, which eventually caused the pads to glaze and drag, meant he struggled from lap 12 onwards and it was the same story in race two.
“We only figured out the problem after race two but it’s causing the brakes to drag. At the start of the race when everything is cooler, it’s not a problem but when everything gets hot, the brakes start to drag, so I didn’t have much power and turning in it causes chatter,” said Linfoot.
“I had no alternative but to nurse the bike home after 12 laps had gone just to try and get some points. I had so much more in me than that but it should be an easy fix ahead of Thursday.
I wouldn’t have expected to be leading the race at all, my goal was to sit in the top five and have two top five finishes.
“To have led the race is great though, it’s definitely encouraging and shows that we’ve got some potential.
“We’re testing at Oulton on Thursday so the first thing we’re going to be working on is the issues we’ve had, and secondly to get going round the track and get a feeling for the bike round there. I don’t think we’ll get as far as making radical changes but getting me comfortable on the bike, and the track, will be a good start for the race weekend.”