Dan Linfoot says it was a 'bitter pill to swallow' after tumbling out of the lead in race one at Oulton Park and felt a maiden MCE British Superbike win was in his grasp.
The Honda Racing rider was involved in a tense battle with Christian Iddon out in front and while leading with two laps remaining at Hizzy's chicane his rear tyre slipped off the dry line and the slippery patches spat him into a heart-braking high side.
Looking to make amends in race two, Linfoot opted for a wet front tyre and rear intermediate but with the track drying faster than expected his front Pirelli lost adhesion rapidly. Despite taking the holeshot, Linfoot dropped backwards through the pack and he eventually crashed out at Shell Oil bend.
The deflated Honda rider knew he had a strong shot at a first win in BSB, and Honda's maiden victory since its brief hiatus in 2014, and was devastated to see the opportunity slip away.
“I'm disappointed to be leaving here without a single point after leading both races. It is a bitter pill to swallow,” Linfoot said. “In race one I was so upset crashing out with a couple of laps to go from my first race win. I feel I need that to show everyone what I can do and have confidence to believe in myself and beat these guys. I'm just really upset.
“It was in the last part of the race where the tyres are at its most worn and with the track drying at its most but still greasy in areas so when I turned the bike in the rear didn't follow.
“In race two I chose the wrong front tyre, which was me thinking the track was wetter than it was going to be. I just want to forget about bikes after today and get back to the gym to keep focused and believing I can win. Ride some training bikes, have some fun and be ready to go again at Brands Hatch.”
Despite his discontent Linfoot has full confidence in the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade package thanks to improvements with engine settings over the winter which is being demonstrated by his consistency towards the sharp end of the grid.
“We feel good with the steps the guys have made with the engine and we feel we can boss the bike a lot more rather than the engine making us a passenger,” he explained. “We are trying to ride perhaps beyond our limits because the package doesn't deliver the grip compared to the newer bikes but that is a good thing because when we do hit the nail on the head we should be at the front.”