News 11 May 2018

O’Halloran on standby for Red Bull Honda at Imola

Top-level Australian export in line for WorldSBK opportunity.

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British Superbike Championship regular Jason O’Halloran has been called in as a standby at Red Bull Honda for this weekend’s Imola round of the Motul Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).

After finishing on the podium at Oulton Park’s third round of BSB on Monday, the 30-year-old Australian export will start in place of Leon Camier if he is declared unfit following the first session.

“Although Leon has been cleared to ride in free practice one on Friday, we will monitor his situation closely and the medical staff will review his condition after that session,” commented Red Bull Honda team manager Kervin Bos. “If he’s unable to continue, we have Jason O’Halloran with us on standby as a reserve rider who has lots of experience on the Fireblade.”

“With both riders returning from injury, it will be a rebuilding weekend for us, our goal is to get our riders comfortable on the bike again, make progress and then we can resume our push for results at Donington and beyond.”

O’Halloran has been one of the in-form Honda riders globally on the latest CBR1000RR, picking up a pair of podium finishes in BSB to begin 2018 and currently sitting fourth in the point-standings. A former Australian Supersport champion, he has been based in the UK since 2009.

If he does make a start in Italy this weekend he won’t be the lone BSB contender on the grid, as longtime international Leon Haslam will make a one-off appearance with the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team on-board a Ninja ZX-10RR.