Cathedral of Speed awaits for Santander Salt TAG Racing
After a bruising weekend last time out at Oulton Park the Santander Salt TAG Racing head to Europe, and the TT Circuit Assen, reinvigorated as Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield aim for success at the famous Dutch venue.
Following on from a tough and challenging weekend at the previous round at Oulton Park, the team have taken the positives and are now fully focussed on improving the bad luck, which has plagued the squad all season.
Dan Linfoot currently sits 14th in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings on 74 points, and the Yorkshireman is ready to cut the deficit to Andrew Irwin who lays seventh as Linny hunts for the Riders Cup.
The 31-year-old has enjoyed much success at the Dutch circuit in the recent past, with two fourth places as his best result, and he has his eyes firmly set on securing his first podium at Assen this weekend as he looks to add to his 2019 podium tally.
Likewise, Shaun Winfield has his eyes set on a successful weekend in Holland with the 26-year-old on the search for his first set of points in 2019.
The Derbyshire welder has a love of the Dutch circuit, and with a new set-up direction to test he knows it is a great chance for him to collect his first points of the season at the fast Dutch track.
The teams sidecar outfit of Chris ‘Stalker’ Walker and Ash Hawes is back out in action this weekend, with the pair aiming to close in on third place in the standings.
Just 31 points separate the duo from Byran/Hyde, and with two races across the weekend Stalker and former World champion Ash are aiming to cut the gap down as much as they can.
Dan Linfoot: “I love Assen, everyone loves Assen. It’s so historic and it is a great track for bikes, it’s just set up for a last lap pass into the final chicane, it’s a great track. I have some good memories of some good races there, obviously not from last year when I left to go to Groningen hospital for a few nights, but I love the place.
“Although we aren’t having a whole lot of luck in the races recently, I’m really keen to get to Assen because I think that a longer, faster and flowing track will really suit our bike. I’m looking forward to getting started.
“The past results that Yamaha’s have had at Assen is sending me there with a lot of confidence, knowing that there has been success. We have been having some struggles of our own recently, and we need to get on top of those and have stronger races. That is what is important and that is my focus for the weekend.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m excited to get back on track this weekend, and I’m especially excited to ride at Assen again. It’s such a special event and the Dutch fans are so passionate, it makes the weekend even better for me.
“We know we made some good progress at Oulton Park, but we are still far away from the targets I am setting myself, and this weekend I want to get into the points. The track lends itself to the Yamaha, it suits our bike well and I feel this weekend we are going to be a lot stronger.
“The team have worked hard in the workshop and we have a new direction I want to go in this weekend with the set-up of the bike, so hopefully that will see us get into the points.”
Team manager Gary Winfield: “We’ve put behind us what happened at Oulton Park and we are fully focussed ahead of the trip to Assen. It is a circuit that tends to suit the Yamaha really well, we have had a lot of success there in the past and we are hoping for more of the same this weekend.
“Dan wants to be back at the front, challenging for podiums and we feel we have made the correct steps in making the progress we need, and Dan is fully focussed on having a strong weekend. We are hoping that Shaun has a strong weekend also, he really likes Assen and after making solid progress last time out, we feel this weekend he’ll be at the sharp end and battling for points.”