BSB 2017: Round 11 race report
Assen | September 29–October 1
It was a tough weekend for Honda Racing duo Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran in the penultimate round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. Coming off the back of two consecutive first-place finishes, the pair struggled for pace and left the Netherlands with little to show for their efforts.
The opening race of the day got underway in great conditions, with the sun shining over the TT Circuit Assen and 18 laps of the 2.822-mile track ahead of the racers. With Linfoot and O’Halloran starting in fourth and 15th respectively, things looked bright. But after a good start off the line, the Honda duo struggled with grip and faded to 11th and tenth, respectively.
“It’s been a difficult weekend coming from the success we’ve had recently, but sometimes that’s how racing goes,” said Linfoot. “The pace was consistent throughout, but we just weren’t quick enough this weekend.”
It was more of the same in race two. Both Honda men were caught in early traffic, and at the end of the first lap Linfoot was eighth and O’Halloran down in 15th.
Pushing throughout the 18 laps, Linfoot made his way into seventh place by half-race distance, only to cross the line in ninth. Teammate O’Halloran made up a couple of places at the Dutch circuit, finishing 13th.
“We’ve got to keep our heads high, keep working and improving. We have some work to do going into the final round and I hope we can have a good end to the season,” O’Halloran said.
The Honda Racing team will regroup and prepare for the final round of the championship, which sees a triple-header weekend at Brands Hatch on 13-15 October.