News 8 Aug 2017

Tyre degradation issues result in modest weekend for O’Halloran

Honda Racing rider drops to fifth in the British Superbike Championship.

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Australian Jason O’Halloran pulled through for 6-5 race results at last weekend’s seventh round of the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship (BSB), relegating him to fifth in the standings.

O’Halloran believes issues with tyre degradation slowed his chances of a more satisfying result, despite efforts from the team to manage the ongoing tyre problems they’ve faced in the past.

“We have struggled this weekend with grip and although we have worked hard with setups and trying to maintain tyre life, we just couldn’t get on top of it,” O’Halloran explained. “It’s something that has caused us issues in the past and I know we’re not alone as other teams have suffered too this weekend.

The Honda Racing rider commented on his results, mentioning it was an okay weekend, although he understands that finishing higher in the order will be crucial in hopes of solid position at the end of the season.

“It’s been an okay weekend with the overall results,” he continued. “Finishing sixth and fifth we’re now joint fifth in the championship and not too far from fourth place.

“So we’re looking positive with the Showdown position, but I know we’re getting some pressure from people behind us, so we need to continue finishing within the points as high as we can.”

The British Superbike Championship now heads to Cadwell Park for the eighth stop of the series, which is pencilled in for 18-20 August.