Dan Linfoot and Tommy Bridewell are taking polar opposite strategies into this weekend’s MCE British Superbike weekend at Cadwell Park.
Bridewell believes he has nothing to lose at the Lincolnshire track and will go in all guns blazing while Linfoot has everything to gain as he needs to keep his Showdown place on Monday.
“The Showdown is still the target. It’s a shame, because at Brands we had a third place, at least, in the bag in race one, and could have battled for another podium in race two. Those results would have put us right in the mix,” said the Bennetts Suzuki man.
“Now, we’ve made life difficult for ourselves, but we also have no pressure and nothing to lose. There’s no ‘keeping it upright and taking the points’. We have five races, starting this weekend, to get into the Showdown, and we need to be fighting for the podium in all of them.”
Honda’s Linfoot, meanwhile, will be taking a cautious approach and will have to balance his risk v reward.
“I know I need to do well, but I can’t risk anything going wrong or a DNF as I’ll get overtaken in the points. At the moment I’m sitting fifth overall, two points away from fourth place and there’s ten points separating me from sixth place, so it’s not a great scenario to be in as I need to be fast but I can’t risk anything,” said t’Yorkshireman.
“Cadwell has always been a bit of an Achilles heel for me with results, but after our test there a few weeks ago I left feeling really good and confident. At the test I was the quickest I have ever been there, I felt good and so did the CBR, so I am confident I can walk away with my best result there this weekend.
“It would be nice to have a good weekend and put Brands Hatch behind us a little, the results from there are not why we go racing. We had a good positive Friday and then it started to go downhill a little after that, and after two crashes it knocks you a little and then I just didn’t have the same feeling with the Fireblade as I had before.”