British Superbikes: Knaresborough’s Dan Linfoot eyes top six spot in 2014

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North Yorkshire speedster Dan Linfoot has set himself a top six goal in the upcoming British Superbikes series.

The Knaresborough star will head into his first race for Kawasaki this weekend when the BSB campaign starts at Brands Hatch.

Linfoot signed for Kawasaki in the winter after he was released by Honda at the end of the last series.

The 25-year-old finished 12th overall in the championship in 2013. But his season was ruined after a horror smash in the opening race of the season, which left him in hospital with four fractures to his pelvis.

And the rider is hoping for a better outcome when he returns to the Indy circuit at the weekend.

He said: “After last year, the first round is important for me to stay consistent. I don’t want any none scores and would like to come away from Brands Hatch with a couple of top six finishes to build on.

“It’s important for me to get a strong result so that my confidence is boosted for the future races.

Linfoot failed to finish higher than seventh throughout the 2013 season, but he did come seventh three times.

In British Superbikes, the top six riders hunt for the overall championship in a three-race showdown at the end of the season. Alex Lowes pipped reigning champion Shane Byrne to the title last year before moving on to the World Superbikes series.

Linfoot added: “My goal this season is to finish in the showdown, which is the top six in the final championship, but would like to achieve podium finishes as soon as possible.

“Shane Byrne will be difficult for anybody to beat, and if I’m giving him a run for his money at the odd event, then I’ve taken a good step forward.

“John Hopkins will be also very strong, as will Josh Brookes, Jakub Smrz and a handful of other riders.”