Dan Linfoot’s two victories in the last two MCE British Superbike rounds mark a significant step forward for the troubled 2017 Honda Fireblade.
Sunday’s win at Oulton Park was a key point for the bike, taking its first dry weather win at a track both Linfoot and team-mate O’Halloran struggled with earlier in the year.
While the bike has struggled to make an impact elsewhere around the globe, the BSB team have made steady progress over the year and team boss Havier Beltran promises there’s more to come.
“This is exactly what we’ve been working towards,” Beltran told MCN. “Dan has ridden superbly this weekend in both the wet and the dry and that’s what everything has been about, to be able to push and run at the front like that.
“The guys have been working hard. The big thing for us with the new bike has been getting the riders confident with the fly by wire throttle. It’s our first year with it on the Honda and it hasn’t been easy, we’ve taken a bit of adapting to it. I don’t want to stand here and make excuses, it’s been a tough year and I know that.
“Both Dan and Jason are capable of more and have wanted more, but this championship is bloody hard. The machine has been in continuous development all year and we’ll keep developing it. We’ve got a load more ideas, we’re still learning and understanding. The new aero fairing (introduced at Silverstone) has helped but both riders feel it could be better.
“We’ve got another 10/15bhp that we can use, but the boys don’t want that they want the stability on acceleration and grip on corner exit so we have to work in those areas before firing more horsepower at it.”
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