Frustrating Assen qualifying for Linfoot and Winfield
Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield experienced a frustrating Datatag Extreme Qualifying session in Holland, after posting their fastest times of the weekend the pair are left in 14th and 24th respectively for Sunday’s opening race.
Following on from a positive set of free practice sessions, Q1 saw Shaun post his fastest lap of the weekend, a 1:38.815, however he couldn’t join his teammate in Q2, forcing him to start from 24th on Sunday afternoon.
After forcing his way into Q2 on his final lap following a quick rear tyre change in pitlane by the team, Linny headed into the second session high in confidence after notching up his fastest time of the weekend in Q1.
The 31-year-old once again improved his lap time in the shorter second session to a 1:36.710, but on his final flying lap Dan made a slight mistake in the final chicane leaving him 14th on the grid, missing out on Q2 by just two tenths of a second, however the Yorkshireman is confident ahead of both races on Sunday.
Dan Linfoot said: “I’m not happy with my grid spot for race one, but from that session I’ve taken a lot of positives. We’ve improved our lap time, which I’m happy with, and I feel a lot happier with our speed but we still have some work to do.
“The lads are working so hard to make me feel more comfortable with the front end, and we have a new direction to try in warm up which should hopefully push us forward even further. We were only two tenths from getting in to Q2 and we’re close!
“The target for tomorrow is two strong races, bring home some solid points and push for the front, I believe we can do it and I won’t stop trying.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m fairly pleased with that we made some good steps forward which I’m happy with, and it’s the fastest I’ve gone all weekend so we have to be happy. I have taken a massive chunk off my time, but 24th isn’t where I want to be at all.
“We’ve been working hard as a team all weekend to get both me and Dan comfortable around here and I feel like we’ve got there now, which is pleasing, but there is still more to come from me and the bike.
“We have some changes to make for tomorrow and we’ll try them in warm-up but I’m a lot more confident after that session and I can’t wait for the races now.”
Sunday’s two Bennetts British Superbike races will be shown live on British Eurosport, with the first race at 12:30.