Positive end to challenging weekend for TAG Racing Honda

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It was a season best finish to a challenging weekend for the TAG Racing Honda team at Snetterton, with Dan Linfoot collecting eighth place in Sunday’s final race with Shaun Winfield enjoying a solid Pirelli National Superstock battle on Sunday, collecting 21st after starting 28th on the grid.

The weekend got off to a solid start for both Dan and Shaun, who worked hard to improve their lap times ahead of Saturday’s qualifying session.

Linfoot was forced to try his hand in Q1 after narrowly missing the cut off point for Q2 in Friday’s second practice, but would post his fastest lap of the weekend to make it into the second session. He then improved on that time in Q2 by over six tenths of a second, posting a 1:47.312, to line himself up in 13th for the opening battle of the weekend.

Shaun would qualify in 28th for Sunday’s Pirelli National Superstock battle, after struggling to match the time he posted in the second free practice session, but he was confident of achieving a good result after working hard with his team overnight to improve on his set up.

The opening Bennetts BSB race of the weekend got underway under sunny skies with Dan making his trademark good start, finding himself in eighth place after the opening sequence of corners, but he made a slight mistake at the end of the opening lap and crossed the line 11th.

He quickly regrouped and began to chase down the leading group, but he soon pushed back to 14th after getting involved with a four man battle for 10th. The Yorkshireman regrouped once again and moved his way back through the field ahead, eventually crossing the line in 11th after holding off Storm Stacey on the final lap.

Sunday’s second race was once again run under sunny skies, and Linfoot would start from 16th by virtue of his of his lap time in race one. From the lights he would make a good start once again, but at turn three he had a large highside and luckily fell back on to the bike but dropped back to 24th.

He quickly regrouped and got his head down, picking off a handful of riders in front of him, working his way into 19th by lap seven. But the very next lap he would retire from the race due to a misfire from his machine.

For the third and final race of the weekend Dan would start 18th on the grid thanks to the lap time achieved in race two.

Linny once again made a great start from the lights and made up three places on the opening lap, quickly becoming embroiled in a battle with Xavi Fores and Josh Brookes. He continued to hold 14th but on lap nine the red flag came out, forcing the race to be stopped.

After a short delay the race was restarted as a five-lap dash with Linfoot starting from 11th on the grid. Keeping up with tradition he made a fantastic start, ending the opening lap in ninth and on the back of the leading group.

With two laps to go he made his way past Brad Ray for eighth place, and held off the BMW man to the flag to collect his best result of the season.

Dan LinfootIt’s not been an ideal weekend but the final race showed what we could do, and it did surprise me because we do struggle when the tyre drops off, so that five lap sprint has given me some confidence.

“We keep making improvements but I, and the team, feel there lots more to come from the bike, we’ve just got unlock those pieces and I’m sure we’ll be up there. We’ve got everything in front of us, we need to make it work.

“I’m looking forward to Silverstone, it’s a fantastic track but we need to start the weekend strong and continue to build on that.”

Shaun Winfield: It’s been a challenge this weekend really, we’ve struggled to get to where I felt could we be but in the race on Sunday I felt a lot more confident. We made a fair few changes to the bike this weekend and the changes we did make were positive, so from that point of view I’m happy.

“We’re still not exactly where I expect us to be but we’re getting closer and closer to it, so hopefully at Silverstone we’ll come closer to the points and I can be battling higher up the pack. I must say a big thanks to my guys this weekend they haven’t stopped working to give me what I needed.”

Team manager Gary WinfieldWe’re fairly pleased with the end to the weekend that we’ve had with both Dan and Shaun, but it hasn’t been easy for us. We’re still working hard to unlock the best of the bike and we are getting there, we’re working as hard as we ever have to improve our fortunes.

“Silverstone will hopefully be a good track for us, we’ve had success there as a team before so hopefully we can experience that again next weekend.”

Dan Linfoot currently sits 16th in the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings on 59 points.

The team will now travel to Silverstone for round eight of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship on Septmber 10/11/12.