Oulton Park International: Relief for Linfoot after Showdown squeeze

Dan Linfoot says a wave of relief rushed through him after pinching the final Showdown spot from Stuart Easton by three points.
Dan Linfoot says a wave of relief rushed through him after pinching the final Showdown spot from Stuart Easton by three points in the final race of the triple-header at Oulton Park.

The Honda Racing rider knew that with Easton out injured after a heavy crash during qualifying at the Cheshire track a top eight finish in race three would be enough to guarantee him a place in the Showdown at the expense of the PBM Kawasaki rider.

The 27-year-old had shown some fine form with third place in race one and fifth in race two at Oulton Park but admitted he felt the pressure was on during a tightly-contested midfield scrap which resulted in sixth place and a place in the Showdown.

“It is a relief off my shoulders to be able to get into the Showdown and I left it very late to sneak in by a couple of points,” Linfoot said. “Now it is time to look ahead to Assen which is a track I like very much and I'm looking forward to the final three rounds.

“Race one helped by being on the podium and scoring a chunk of points. I'm so happy to have placed a Honda in the Showdown after Jason O'Halloran was ruled out through injury and also my injury at the start of the season.”

Linfoot was forced to sit out four races earlier in the season after breaking his wrist in a crash in round two at Brands Hatch. As a result, the North Yorkshire rider was always playing catch up but paid tribute to injured duo O'Halloran and Easton who he ultimately displaced to reach the top six.

“After missing so many races through injury and still make the Showdown doesn't happen very often,” he added. “Obviously a lot of the other guys have had their injuries as well."

Honda Racing team manager Havier Beltran has added his delight after his squad achieved its initial goal of reaching the Showdown.

"For Dan to be in the Showdown is where our targets were at the start of the year," Beltran said. "With his injury it did put us on the back foot a little, but I'm really pleased for Dan and the team.

"We're in there and now we can hopefully try and consolidate and get some strong results to push Dan further up the leaderboard."

Tagged as: Honda , Easton , linfoot , o'halloran

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September 08, 2015 8:02 AM

This is why I have such issue with the showdown. You can miss races and still win the championship. It makes a mockery of the fast guys that stay upright all year long that could then potentially lose the title to someone that, under the 'old' format, would be over 100 points behind. However the series is no longer run under the 'old' championship format so congratulations to Linfoot for making the cut.

David Walker

September 07, 2015 10:49 AM

I must admit, i found myself increasingly frustrated at the amount of airtime Dan Linfoot got this weekend. I have nothing against the guy, but all the commentary was all about him, they were constantly flicking to him on the camera too, even on the last lap when we have a fight for the lead! It seemed it was that the whole of Eurosport wanted and needed to get him in the showdown, just seemed via biased and geared towards him. That said, he rode well and id rather him be in there challenging for podiums. You want your fastest 6 riders in the showdown and he is currently in the top 6. Shame we cant have a wild card entry and bang in Danny Buchan too.....

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