News 12 Sep 2017

BSB championship 'starts again' for O'Halloran as Showdown commences

Mixed weekend at Silverstone sees Honda rider scrape into the top six.

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Australian British Superbike (BSB) contender Jason O’Halloran says the the championship starts again as the Showdown commences for the final three rounds.

The unique Showdown concept sees the top six riders at the completion of the ninth round levelled out on 500 points, plus additional points for each podium position they’ve scored so far in the season. Points will be awarded as usual for the final seven races still to be run.

After claiming pole on the weekend’s triple-header at Silverstone, O’Halloran scraped into the top six with a 11-5-DNF scorecard, leaving him relieved to still be in the title hunt.

“Well we have made the Showdown for the second-consecutive year and I am so pleased to be there,” O’Halloran commented. “Not just for me but also for my team, Honda Racing and all the sponsors. It has been a bit of a mixed weekend for us, I felt it was probably our strongest weekend so far pace-wise.

“I had my first qualifying pole in the dry and was hoping for dry races as felt we could have pushed for the win, or further podiums. But the first race we were unlucky with tyre choice and the opening race today we were unlucky with the safety car and the race being stopped early where I finished fifth.

“But I am just glad after the crash in the final race that we had done enough and with the crashes throughout the race we could continue into the top-six. The championship almost starts again now with the Showdown and we have seven races over three rounds, and it’s all to play for really.”

The British Superbike Championship heads to Oulton Park this weekend for the 10th round on the 12-stop calendar.