News 16 Oct 2017

Brands Hatch podium a good way to end the season for O'Halloran

Honda Racing rider takes second in BSB finale for fifth in the championship.

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Australian international Jason O’Halloran is pleased to conclude the MCE British Superbike Champion with a podium finish in the final outing of the year on Sunday at the popular Brands Hatch circuit.

The Honda Racing rider charged to 6-5 results in the first two races, before challenging for the win with fellow Aussie Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire Yamaha) to eventually take second in race three.

“Everything went smoothly really,” O’Halloran reflected. “We improved in every race and we gained momentum over the weekend, which was really refreshing. The last race I gave everything I had and with about four laps to go I thought to myself, I have a chance of winning this.

“I was pushing, folding the front and losing the rear, Josh and James in front were riding so well – to be honest everyone was! So to finish second and get back to podium for the final race I’m really happy with the result and it’s a good way to finish the season.”

O’Halloran, who wound up fifth in the championship standings, looked back on the year, admitting he endured a challenging start to his 2017 campaign.

“It’s been a bit of a taxing year,” he continued. “We started on a low level, everyone has worked hard to progress and get us to a place we all know we can be. Every single person in the team has given me the absolute max this year and I can’t ask for anymore from the Honda Racing guys, they’re all fantastic and I do have a great crew.

“We were pushing every single weekend and unfortunately during the last three or four rounds I have had crashes on the Friday and Saturday, with some small injuries and have given the boys some work to do. So coming into this weekend I was determined to have a strong one.”