A long-awaited maiden British Superbike Championship podium at Oulton Park has put Dan Linfoot into an excellent position to progress to the 2014 Title Showdown for the first time.
The Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider has been a measure of consistency in 2014 having finished outside the top eight just once this season, but while a pair of career-best fourth places at Thruxton a week prior to Oulton Park had the effect of lifting him inside the crucial top six in the standings, he came into the weekend having never made it to the podium.
With hopes high after qualifying on the front row, Linfoot couldn't live with the top trio of Ryuichi Kiyonari, Josh Brookes and Shane Byrne in races one and two, but the third exchange would see him find form as he fought back against Kiyonari and then Stuart Easton to grab third place.
Even nosing into second at one stage ahead of Shane Byrne, Linfoot eventually settled for a satisfying third place finish to make his first trip to the BSB rostrum in 96 attempts.
“To finally crack the podium is a fantastic feeling and it's testament to the team who have given me a superb bike all season. It feels like it's been a long time coming but this weekend was all about carrying the confidence from the previous round at Thruxton and to come away with a third, a fourth and a fifth shows I've done just that.
“From the beginning of the weekend, I felt really good and although it proved to be a challenging weekend with the conditions we proved we were strong in both the wet and dry and I'm just so happy. I've had some tough times in the past what with bad results and going through the winter without a ride so when it all comes together like this, it makes you appreciate it more.
With two rounds and four races to go before the top six progress into the Title Showdown, Linfoot has ascended to a new peak of fourth place, 32 points clear of the injured James Ellison in seventh place and 37 points ahead of eighth place Easton.
“At the same time though, I'm keeping my feet firmly on the ground as there's still a long way to go and we're focusing firmly on the next four races now to make sure we finish inside the top six.”