BSB: Linfoot: 'I started to think it'd never happen!'

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Dan Linfoot has said he’d started to doubt whether he’d ever clinch his maiden MCE British Superbike victory after doing just that in treacherous conditions at Silverstone yesterday.

The Yorkshire rider took Honda’s new Fireblade’s first British Superbike victory as he paddled to his debut win in what would become a battle of attrition.

Just seven riders finished the weekend’s final race with riders falling left, right and centre on the slippery Silverstone surface.

“I am so happy to finally take my first BSB race win, I was starting to think it was never going to happen with all the times I have been trying and either crashed out of the lead, or gave it to Jason on the last corner at Snetterton last year!” Linfoot laughed.


“Today it was meant to be I guess, I haven’t had the easiest of weekends with three crashes and have made some work for the team, but to be rewarded with my first win and the new Fireblades first win feels good. It’s a funny one, the race where everyone else crashes out I stay on, I think there was only about seven finishers!

“We have a good wet setting with the Fireblade and had a test a few months ago at Knockhill, where we managed to find something good there, so going into the race I knew we could be strong. I started 21st, which wasn’t easy and with the riders crashing in front of me I had to be careful, but once I was settled I was able to push and made it to the front. Just a massive thanks to the team really, three years of trying and we get that first win today!

“I am not in the Showdown, but I am happy for Jason as he’s in there, so at least we have a Honda there fighting in the Showdown. But I can still play a part and maybe be a Showdown spoiler over the next few rounds; I want to stand on that podium a few times more this season that’s for sure.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing