Linfoot and O'Halloran remain with Honda Racing for 2017
After much speculation it has been confirmed that Dan Linfoot and Jason O'Halloran will remain with Honda Racing in 2017 for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.
The duo will ride the all-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 and hope to build on the success of 2016 with 13 podiums between them in the Championship. Both riders made the final showdown six and will have the same goal in 2017 with their eyes on the overall Championship on their new machinery.
Linfoot is yet to bag his first MCE BSB win, however he has shown great consistency as he approaches his third year with the team and with his experience combined with the new Fireblade, it is only a matter of time until he's standing on the top step of the podium.
O'Halloran will enter his tenth year with Honda in 2017, the experienced rider took his maiden MCE BSB win in 2016 and having ridden three generations of the Fireblade he will be an asset to the team as they continue to improve the new model and strive make it a Championship winning bike.
Linfoot said: 'We've had two strong years with the last model Fireblade, so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do on the new one and I'm certain we can be even stronger than we have been. Reflecting on this year, I'm happy with our performance, of course I would have liked to have secured my first race win, but I know that will come, maybe some more podiums, but all in all, it was a great year for us and puts us in a good place going into the New Year. I can't wait to get testing, try the new Blade and get the season underway!'
O'Halloran said: 'I will have the same crew behind me, the same team and we'll have the new Fireblade, which is exciting. I have raced the last model Fireblade since 2008, which is a long stint and have worked with Honda on the development, so it's an exciting time with the new CBR - I can't wait to ride it now! 2017 will be my tenth year with Honda, three with Honda Australia and seven with Honda (UK), so it's a bit of a landmark in my career and I'm happy to continue with Honda for another year.
'I have high hopes for 2017 and think I can be a strong challenger for the title. This year we made the Showdown, had my first race win and finished on the podium seven times - so with that in mind, next year is going to be a good one!'
20.11.2016 - Big Ed