Dan Linfoot concentrating on race wins after signing new British Superbikes deal with Honda Racing

Dan Linfoot racing his Honda machine around Thruxton

Dan Linfoot racing his Honda machine around Thruxton

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Motorcycling star Dan Linfoot is seeking race wins in 2016 after retaining his seat at former British Superbikes champions Honda Racing.

Linfoot finished fifth in the BSB championship in his first year at Honda despite missing four races after badly breaking his wrist in the second meeting at Brands Hatch.

Earlier this week, the team announced their decision to retain a three-pronged team of Linfoot, Jason O’Halloran and Jenny Tinmouth for next season’s series, which starts at Silverstone in May.

“I am excited. I love racing BSB,” said Linfoot, who now lives in South Milford.

It is the first time since 2010 that Linfoot has remained in the same seat for two consecutive BSB seasons

Linfoot added: “It’s a nice feeling to have it signed so soon and to have the continuity with the same team.

“It’s the continuity that I have been after, so it’s nice to have, rather than having to go to a new team and learn everything about them from scratch.

“I want to be more consistent and start winning some races and get more podium points.”

Honda signed Linfoot last year on their return to the sport after a one-year hiatus, following Alex Lowes’ championship winning season of 2013.

Nick Campolucci, head of motorcycles at Honda UK, said: “We’re pleased to have re-signed all three riders for the 2016 season and feel it’s important that we have done this to show our commitment and faith in all three.

“It hasn’t been an easy return for us coming back into the championship after a year out with Dan getting injured early on.

“But his return and strength after missing some rounds to secure a place in the Showdown and finish fifth overall showed everyone what he’s capable of.”

Linfoot has yet to win a race in Superbikes but again came close in the 2015 season, with four podium finishes in an injury-interrupted year.

Having regained full confidence in the strength of his arm during the off-season, the 27-year-old harbours winning aspirations again when the series gets back underway.

“It’s never anything you can guarantee or plan for, it’s just got to be an aim,” he added.

“That’s the goal and that’s what everyone wants to do.

“We have been quite close a few times this season, but I want to be challenging at the front for race wins next year.”