Dan Linfoot endured a tough weekend at Thruxton after an accident in the opening British Superbike Championship race hit his hopes of a pair of strong results in Hampshire.
Linfoot was left to run alone in the Motorpoint Yamaha team due to Neil Hodgson's injury and qualified on the second row of the grid for the first race of the weekend. However, the youngster was boxed in at the start of the race and slipped outside the top ten and then suffered a high-speed fall at Goodwood while trying to work his way back up the order.
That left the Rob Mac Racing-run team to work hard to prepare the rookie's bike for race two and while he was able to secure twelfth place, Linfoot admitted he was disappointed with the weekend.
“I'm really disappointed with my weekend,” he said. “I struggled to get settled down around the really fast sections out the back of the circuit, the superbike is a real handful. It was only later that I found a good setting but then made a rubbish start and had to push too hard to catch up.
“My boys did a great job rebuilding the bike and I can't thank them enough, thanks go to Nitro as well, my new race suit and carbon helmet definitely helped me make the second race. I will be working hard to repay them and our sponsors at Oulton in a couple of weeks with some good results.”
Team boss Rob Mac admitted that it was always going to be a difficult weekend for Linfoot due to Hodgson's absence but said he had hoped for more from the second meeting of the year.
“We knew as soon as Hodgy was not going to make it that Dan would find it tough on his own,” he said. “Trying to set up your bike with his limited experience on a superbike on your own without a team-mate is tough, add in Thruxton the fastest track in Europe and it was never going to be easy.
“We all thought he would settle into Thruxton better, his style and the Yamaha would suit the track, but it did not all gel for us at all. We have to move on and not dwell on this we know he has the ability we just need to get all the team back to full strength.”