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Dan Linfoot will start tomorrow’s first MCE British Superbike Championship race from the third row of the grid after setting the ninth-fastest time in qualifying, aboard his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade at Silverstone.
It has been a weekend of progress so far for Linfoot, who’s aiming to get his Showdown back on-track. In a super-fast qualifying the 27-year-old progressed through each of the stages at the 5.901km Northamptonshire circuit, lapping under the lap record to eventually finish Q3 ninth-fastest with a time of 2m05.010s, as Josh Brookes took pole position.
Meanwhile his Honda Racing team-mate Jenny Tinmouth has struggled to find pace on her CBR machine over the weekend. Making it through into the first qualifying session Tinmouth finished outside the top-20 in 28th, where she will start tomorrow’s first race.
Honda’s third rider Julien Da Costa continued to make progress on the BSB Fireblade and solid practice sessions saw the Frenchman in the first qualifying session. However, struggling with rear grip issues the former World Endurance champion wasn’t able to progress into Q2 and will start Sunday’s first race from 22nd position.
Both 14-lap MCE British Superbike races will take place tomorrow (Sunday 4 October) with race one at 1330 and race two at 1630.
"I am partly disappointed but also partly satisfied with my lap times; I didn’t expect the pace to be so quick this weekend! I had a target in mind but managed to go quicker, so I’m happy with that but the position it gives us is ninth, so that for me is disappointing. I made a couple of errors in the final sessions due to trying too hard, so I know that without the errors I could have been a little quicker. Tomorrow we have 14-laps in each race and not just one, so hopefully we can pull something out the bag. I have some good riders around me with Shakey behind and Michael [Laverty] in front, so looking forward to getting out there and hopefully having two-strong finishes."
"I am a little disappointed after Q1 this afternoon and have been struggling for most of the weekend. I’m still close to my pace last year, so not a million-miles away but I would have liked to have been closer to the top-20 than I was. But, tomorrow is another day and we have 14-laps. I have a few things to look at before the races, some homework to do and hope for a better day."
"I’m really enjoying being back at Silverstone with the team; the position is quite far back, but we have a few things to work on for the races. I have improved with every session and my feeling on the CBR, but I want to understand everything, which does take time. Unfortunately in qualifying we did struggle with rear grip, as the track temperatures were quite cool so it left us quite far down the pack. I’m excited for the races tomorrow and looking forward to seeing how we get on."