Australian Jason O'Halloran has signed for the HM Plant Honda team to contest the 2011 British Superstock Championship, partnering with new BSB champion Ryuichi Kiyonari and new signing Shane Byrne.
Australian Jason O’Halloran has signed for the HM Plant Honda team to contest the 2011 British Superstock Championship.
Former Aussie Supersport champion O’Halloran replaces Steve Plater, picking up a dream rider after scoring a breakthrough podium in British Supersport on a privateer Yamaha this season.
The 22-year-old Australian is a surprise signing for the team after recently testing a Motorpoint Yamaha Superbike, and looks forward to contesting the season with HM Plant.
“My last two seasons since leaving racing in Australia have been a little all over the place and so joining a team like HM Plant Honda now I see as a massive opportunity and hopefully will give me the ability to show my full potential,” he commented.
“I’ve raced in BSB and British Supersport the last few years so have good knowledge of the UK circuits now and feel comfortable here so now I just want to crack on and get on with the job.
“I’ve also got good experience on the Fireblade from racing with the factory Honda team in Australia back in 2008 and it’s a fantastic road and track bike.”
The confident Wollongong-based rider says next year will be his time to go for a maiden championship in the UK. He’s also already eyeing Superbike for 2011.
“The Superstock championship will be competitive so should make for some really good racing and I’m confident that with the ‘Blade and the HM Plant team I’ll have the best package out there,” he continued.
“My aim is definitely to win the Superstock Championship in 2011 and move up to Superbike in 2012!”
Team manager Havier Beltran is pleased to have O’Halloran onboard.
“Jason is a key up and coming talent and we know he will settle into the team very quickly,” Beltran explained. “With a championship-winning team and the superb CBR1000RR Fireblade being developed still further, we expect to be a real force to be reckoned with in the 2011 championships.”
O’Halloran will be joined in the HM Plant Honda team by defending BSB champion Ryuichi Kiyonari and ex-GP and WSBK star Shayne Byrne, who replaces Suzuki-bound Aussie Josh Brookes in the factory Honda line-up.