Knockhill beckons for TAG Racing Honda
The second round of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship heads to Scotland’s Knockhill circuit this weekend as the TAG Racing Honda team look to kick start their campaign after a challenging season opener at Oulton Park.
For the first time since June 2019 Knockhill will host the Bennetts BSB paddock, following a 741-day hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, with both Dan Linfootand Shaun Winfield aiming to improve their fortunes.
Knockhill, a very different test to that posed in Cheshire just two weeks ago will give the riders a good opportunity to assess new parts and set-up directions fitted to their respective Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP’s.
Linfoot, who left Oulton Park frustrated, heads north of the border brimming with confidence as he aims to avenge his misfortune from round one and continue the good form he has at the Fife based venue amassed over recent seasons.
Shaun Winfield also heads to Scotland like his teammate, full of confidence, after a positive end to his opening round despite battling arm pump in Sunday’s race. He and his team made a breakthrough in terms of set-up on race day and are aiming to build on that this weekend.
Unlike a normal Bennetts BSB weekend, the second round will be a two-day event with track action taking place on Saturday and Sunday, July 10 & 11, meaning track time will be condensed for both Linfoot and Winfield.
Day one on Saturday sees an action-packed schedule with the Superbike class taking to the track four times, for FP1, FP2, Bennetts BSB SUPERPICKS qualifying and the BikeSocial race one. It also sees the Pirelli National Superstock Championship take to the tarmac three times, with two free practice sessions and qualifying. Sunday will see two races for both riders.
Dan Linfoot: “I love Knockhill and I’m glad we’re heading back, I really enjoy riding there. I was fast last time we visited back in 2019, and in previous years, I’m keen to improve on where we left off from at a disappointing opening round.
“On reflection we made some decent progress at Oulton Park but for me and the team it wasn’t enough to put us where we expect to be. So, heading into this weekend we must hit the ground running, I’m keen for the three races, the weather may play its part as it always does there but I’m ready for it.
“Our track time is condensed into two days instead of three so I need to be sensible, there isn’t a lot of time in between sessions, which is good in a way because it will feel we’re on track more, but I know we need to focus on the bigger picture. It’s going to be great going back to Scotland, it is a shame only 1,000 fans are allowed in per day but I’m sure they’ll make us welcome and the noise they’ll produce will make it feel like 100,000 are in.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m really excited to get back to Knockhill, it’s been a long time since we rode there and the Scottish fans make the event even better, so I can’t wait.
“We made some good progress at round one however it wasn’t where I, or the team expected to be, but I felt in the race we were moving in the right direction, I felt a lot better but arm pump held me back.
“If we can pick up where we left off at Oulton Park then we’ll be in a good place, I expect to be pushing for the points and if I can, top ten. The bike is capable, I know I’m capable, and Knockhill throws up some great racing so I can’t wait to get going.”
Team manager Gary Winfield: “We’re looking forward to this weekend at Knockhill, it’s a special place to go and race so it’s exciting to go back there after a long time away. We found it challenging at round one but we have a good direction we want to follow in Scotland, I keep reminding everyone that Rome wasn’t built in a day as we keep progressing with the new bike.
“We know we have the package to be up the front, we have the riders that we know can be up there so we just need to put it all together, and I hope that we can do that this weekend. We also have some new parts to test which we feel will improve our fortunes.
“Knockhill throws up some exciting racing and with the race weekend being cut to just two days it will make practice and qualifying that all more important, but with 75 points up for grabs for Dan and 50 for Shaun, we can kick start our season there.”