BSB: Honda back to full force at Snetterton

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Honda Racing will be back in full force as the Bennetts British Superbike Championship resumes at Snetterton this weekend with both Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran returning from injury.

Having finished on the podium in the opening round, Linfoot sustained a broken neck in a practice fall during the second round at Brands Hatch and has been out of action since. However, following a visit to his specialist on Monday, the Yorkshireman has been passed fit to ride this weekend pending a check by BSB’s medical officials.

“I’m ready and excited to get back racing this weekend, it’s been a long nine weeks!” Linfoot said. “I’m not really sure what to expect from the weekend, as I won’t know until we get going, but it will take time to get back in the swing of it. I’ve missed two rounds and there’s been some development with the CBR, so I’m excited to get going and see what’s new and the feeling with the bike. We’re quite a way down in the points now, so just need to have a solid weekend collecting points this weekend and then build on that at Knockhill and moving forward. I think we can be strong; I started off the year with a podium, so let’s see what we can do!”

O’Halloran, who took podium finishes at both Brands Hatch and Oulton Park, where he narrowly missed out on the win to Leon Haslam, will return to action after breaking his ankle while replacing Leon Camier in the Red Bull Honda team at the Imola round of the Superbike World Championship. While the Aussie hasn’t missed a round due to his injury, he’s faced an extensive recovery programme since May to be fit for round four.   

“I’m really looking forward to getting back; we’ve had a long break but it’s been a really busy time for me trying to recover from my injury at Imola,” he said. “I’m not 100% fit but I am a fit enough to do what I need to do on a bike and go racing. I’ve been training hard and doing everything possible since getting home from Italy to get fit and back into a good position. I really enjoy racing at Snetteton, we’ve enjoyed goof results there in the past. I can’t wait to get back on the Fireblade and back in BSB, last time out we nearly won the race and I was challenging Leon, so hopefully this weekend we can be at the front and doing the same thing.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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