Dan Linfoot says he needs to fix his slow starts to MCE British Superbike race weekends to give himself a fighting chance at the front after demonstrating he and the Honda Racing squad can challenge for the rostrum at Silverstone.

The Showdown contender suffered a disastrous opener to the season finale at Assen and despite mathematically losing his shot at the title the Honda rider fought back strongly at the Northamptonshire circuit by grabbing his fourth rostrum of the year with third place in race two.

Linfoot says he's satisfied to leave Silverstone having returned to the podium but wants to correct his Friday free practice form to give him a stronger chance of competing for the top spots.

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"I'm leaving here happy with the podium but I know I need to work on my Friday and need to qualify better on Saturday which would give me an easier job on Sunday," Linfoot said. "I don't know why this pattern keep happening but it needs to be addressed.

"It was quite a surprising race. Starting from the front row was a major advantage rather than from ninth or tenth. I was able to get into a rhythm and knock the laps out and with Shakey and Ellison to see they were struggling with tyre wear which I was also at the time but the Honda was able to manage it better."

Linfoot has leapfrogged Tommy Bridewell into fifth in the championship standings and is targeting Michael Laverty for fourth in a battle of the manufacturers.

"Michael Laverty is my target at Brands Hatch," he said. "Heading to Silverstone it was targeting both the Tyco BMW riders but now realistically it is Michael for fourth in the championship. Obviously if I am able to beat Shakey and Ellison I am going to try and do that too, but I need to beat Michael."

"I'm so pleased and happy for Dan's result today," Havier Beltran, Honda Racing team manager said, "It's great to see all the hard work paying off and see the results we all know and believe he's capable of. It's a great finish for the team and gives some confidence as we go to the final round in a few weeks time."