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Linfoot ready to fight opposition to keep Showdown six place

Tuesday, August 23 2016

Dan Linfoot arrives at both his and Honda Racing's home round of Cadwell Park this August Bank Holiday weekend (27/28/29) focused on holding on to his place in the coveted top six in the standings with five races remaining before the Showdown.

Linfoot holds fifth place in the standings ahead of the next two races, but with just ten points separating him from Richard Cooper who holds the final place and a closely chasing pack, the Knaresborough-based rider knows he can't afford any mistakes.

The Honda Racing team completed a strong test at the Lincolnshire circuit ahead of the event, which Linfoot believes could be the boost he needed to bounce back from two top eight finishes last time out at Brands Hatch.

Linfoot said: "I'm looking forward to, but I'm also a little apprehensive about the weekend, I know I need to do well, but I can't risk anything going wrong or a DNF as I'll get overtaken in the points. At the moment I'm sitting fifth overall, two points away from fourth place and there's ten points separating me from sixth place, so it's not a great scenario to be in as I need to be fast but I can't risk anything.

"Cadwell has always been a bit of an Achilles heel for me with results, but after our test there a few weeks ago I left feeling really good and confident. At the test I was the quickest I have ever been there, I felt good and so did the CBR, so I am confident I can walk away with my best result there this weekend.

"It would be nice to have a good weekend and put Brands Hatch behind us a little, the results from there are not why we go racing. We had a good positive Friday and then it started to go downhill a little after that, and after two crashes it knocks you a little and then I just didn't have the same feeling with the Fireblade as I had before.

"But it's onwards and upwards now going to Cadwell, I have some work to do in the Mountain section as it's not my strongest part, but we're halfway there and just need to continue progressing. A big shout out to my team, I created some work at Brands for them and they are working their socks off to get everything right for me, so I hope it comes together and we can grab a few podiums this weekend."

Tickets for the MCE British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park  on 27-29 August are available for £10 on Saturday, £12 on Sunday and £25 on Bank Holiday Monday. For more information and to book please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.