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While Ja­son O’hal­lo­ran has been able to en­joy some strong re­sults with Honda’s 2017 Fire­blade so far this sea­son, team­mate Dan Lin­foot has strug­gled to find that same break­through.

How­ever, af­ter a strong test with the Mori­waki team ahead of the Suzuka 8-Hour race, Lin­foot was able to trans­fer some of what he learned in Ja­pan to his BSB ma­chine this week­end as he went on to lead the open­ing race at Brands Hatch be­fore tak­ing the new Fire­blade’s best re­sult so far, in sec­ond.

“While Ja­son has been strong and con­sis­tent in re­cent rounds I’ve still been strug­gling in the back­ground,” Lin­foot said af­ter the race. “I’ve been happy for him as it’s shown the bike’s po­ten­tial, but I couldn’t do the same.

“When I rode the Mori­waki in Ja­pan, I im­me­di­ately liked how it felt on the ini­tial touch of the throt­tle which is what I’ve been strug­gling with in BSB. I was able to ride that bike in a nor­mal way so it’s some­thing we’ve tried to repli­cate since our Cad­well test.

“While it’s not that straight­for­ward as the bike is very dif­fer­ent, it’s given us a di­rec­tion to go in. There are still im­prove­ments to make, but it’s a good step as we’ve been able to have a strong week­end.”

How­ever, Lin­foot’s strong week­end took a turn for the worse as he crashed out of third place in race two.

“Crash­ing wasn’t ideal as with drops of rain in race one I wanted to see where we’d be in a fully dry race. But I can’t be too down as things have been so much bet­ter this week­end. My show­down chances are al­most over, but I’m hop­ing for a strong end to the sea­son.”

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