Linfoot: It's not every day you get to fight with Shakey

Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 04 Aug 2014

Linfoot leading the first race

Dan Linfoot says he’s thrilled with his pair of fourth places in the sixth round of the British Superbike Championship at Thruxton despite just missing out on a podium finish.

Linfoot enjoyed the best weekend of his Superbike career so far at the Hampshire circuit, qualifying on the front row before going on to lead the first race and setting the fastest lap on his way to fourth. Starting from pole position in race two, Linfoot fought for the lead once again with big boys Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes before Ryuichi Kiyonari once again pipped him towards the end of the race.

Now sitting joint fifth in the title fight, in prime position to become a showdown contender, Linfoot says he’s keen not to get ahead of himself after one strong round.

“I’m really happy with today’s results” said Linfoot speaking to Bike Social at Thruxton. “I wasn’t really gutted not to finish on the podium as fourth is an improvement on last time but I was a little disappointed in race two as it’d have been nice to go one better but let’s not be greedy! The bigger picture is to get in the showdown and this weekend has been my biggest points haul all year so that’s good news. The bike was working well, it’s fast so I just need to keep going and finishing each race as best as I can and hopefully we can fight to keep our spot in the showdown.

 “My confidence is growing all the time; it’s not every day you get to overtake and fight with Shakey! It might not have lasted until the end but I was brave enough to try it so it’s good news. Leading a race is cool, I really didn’t expect to be leading a race today but my start in race one was good and I saw the others drop back and I thought let’s go! I didn’t expect to lead for as long as I did, I thought they’d come by after a lap or two so that was a nice feeling but I’m trying not to get too excited about it at the moment. I don’t want to run before I can walk, we could end up going to Oulton and not being as good! I like Oulton a lot and the bike worked well there earlier in the year so I’m looking forward to it, it’s just a shame about the three day wait!”

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