News 11 Jul 2016

O'Halloran scores breakthrough BSB victory at Snetterton

Honda Racing rider storms to career-first race one win.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Australian Jason O’Halloran has raced to his first-ever MCE British Superbike Championship victory at Snetterton, leading home a Honda Racing 1-2 in race one, before backing it up with a fifth in race two.

O’Halloran took advantage of a huge moment for his Honda Racing teammate Dan Linfoot at Murrays on the final lap of the opener, to out drag him to the finish line to become the sixth different race winner in 2016.

“It is an unbelievable feeling to win my first BSB race,” O’Halloran explained. “Especially as it is nearly a year ago I broke my femur and also had my first BSB podium here at Snetterton. We have had a great weekend at Snetterton and I had a fantastic battle with my teammate Dan to get the win, so it is really hard to explain the feeling – it is amazing.”

With O’Halloran topping Linfoot and Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati), fourth was Aussie Billy McConnell (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) in his best showing of the season. Race two was led by Byrne from Linfoot and Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW). O’Halloran was fifth second time out.

McConnell’s second race saw him cross the line in 14th, while countrymen Josh Hook (WD-40 Kawasaki) and Broc Parkes (ePayMe Yamaha) were non-finishers in both races on Sunday.

The Supersport class saw Benjamin Currie (Yamaha) not finish the Sprint race, but he was able to bounce back for eighth in the Feature. Kawasaki-mounted Levi Day was 19th in race one and 18th in the second.