The pressure is on for Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot ahead of this weekend’s MCE British Superbike Showdown decider at Oulton Park as he looks to secure a spot alongside Jason O’Halloran in the all-important top six.
Only the top six riders can fight for the coveted MCE BSB trophy in the three rounds after Oulton, meaning this weekend’s triple header is crucial for those fighting for top six spots.
After a strong mid-season showing leading to a string of podium finishes, Linfoot has endured a few tough rounds since, placing him in danger of dropping out of the top six.
Currently fifth in the standings, Linfoot has just 12 points over the men looking to secure top six spots so needs three solid results if he’s to stay where he is.
“Well this is the weekend and the pressure is on!,” said Linfoot. “I’m hoping for a confirmed Showdown spot as soon as possible, we have three races so it can go either way. It’s either three chances for podiums or three chances for something to go wrong; I am a little cautious heading into the weekend, as I can’t afford for anything to go wrong. I’m trying to think as much as I can about my targets and what I want to achieve from the weekend as it takes my mind off the Showdown a little, so I am not fixating so much on it.”
“We need to start the weekend well and qualify on the front two rows and finish each race, if we finish in the top-five in all races the Showdown will take care of itself – of course I will be pushing and I need the podium credits, but if it’s not possible then three top-five finishes is OK. Oulton Park is a circuit I really enjoy and it’s always been kind to me, well until I crashed out of the lead there earlier in the year! But I am looking forward to the weekend and I am sure we can have a good weekend and secure a place in the Showdown.”
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