Dan Linfoot gives up maiden British Superbikes race win in dramatic finish at Snetterton

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Dan Linfoot came within a whisker of a first British Superbikes win but finished with two more second places at a wet Snetterton on Sunday.

Linfoot, from Knaresborough, was in the driving seat to secure a long-awaited first place but slid on the final corner of race one to allow Honda Racing teammate Jason O'Halloran passed.

The pair had traded blows throughout the race but Linfoot looked to have gained the upper hand over the final few laps.

The 28-year-old was seen signalling that the specs of rain were getting heavier on the final laps, and as he turned into the final corner Murrays, his Honda Fireblade hit a wet spot and almost went from underneath him.

As his momentum faded, O'Halloran cruised ahead to claim a first race win of his Superbikes career.

In the second race, Linfoot produced another solid ride was closing in on championship leader Shane Byrne at the finish as he took a third second place in four races.

A crash at Oulton Park in the first race of the calendar had threatened to put Linfoot's season off course but the 28-year-old has responded impressively to rise into fourth place in the championship on 111 points.

There are still four more race weekends before the Showdown places are secured and Linfoot is now well-positioned to ensure a place in the shoot-out for a third straight year.

Linfoot, who lives in South Milford, said: “It is definitely coming close [the first win]. I am a lot happier with that performance than in race one, even though I just missed out on victory.

“But again to take a double podium and to take four podiums consecutively from Knockhill and here it is good form and I hope to continue this way in Thruxton,which is probably one of my favourite tracks.”