BSB: Dan Linfoot joins Bathams Racing for the remainder of 2020 season
Dan Linfoot will ride for Bathams Racing in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Linfoot replaces Richard Cooper, who broke his right leg, and his left ankle, in the opening round of the season at Donington Park. The reigning Superstock 1000 champion is continuing to recover after undergoing successful surgery on his leg. Cooper has now started physiotherapy on his injuries.
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Meanwhile, Linfoot switches from the Superbike class following the withdrawal of the Santander Salt TAG Racing team from the 2020 season. Linfoot is still a member of the TAG Racing setup and has signed a new deal with them for 2021.
"It goes without saying that along with everyone else I wish Coopes a speedy recovery and hope he gets back racing soon," Linfoot said. "In the meantime, I'm really looking forward to jumping on his bike and racing in the Superstock 1000 class. The Bathams bikes are always competitive, so it's a good opportunity for me to race closer to the front again and enjoy myself.
"Thanks to Michael and the team for the opportunity, and especially thanks to Gary at TAG for letting me take it "
Silverstone also marks the return of the entire Bathams Racing BMW team to the paddock. The team missed the trip to Snetterton following Cooper's huge crash at Donington Park.
“We've had a really difficult start to the 2020 season and making the decision to not go racing at Snetterton just went against every instinct we have at Bathams Racing; we want to race," team principal and rider Michael Rutter explained. "So, it's fantastic for everyone at the team and all our sponsors and fans that we have been lucky enough to find a rider of Dans quality and experience to fill Richards seat for the rest of the season.
"I really must say a huge thank you to Gary Winfield at TAG Racing for letting Dan race with us while still part of his team. It means we can not only get back on track, but also be competitive.
"Personally, I'm going to give Silverstone a miss. It's important that Dan gets the full undivided attention of the team and all our resources for his first race with us."
Linfoot’s first taste of Superstock 1000 action will be at 12:25 tomorrow (Friday September 4) in the opening free practice session of the weekend.