Leg injury prompts Australian contender to sit-out race two.
Australian Jason O’Halloran was forced to withdraw his entry from Sunday’s second race at Knockhill, marking round five of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
O’Halloran, who’s been dealing with a leg injury over the last two months, accepted a 16th place result in race one on the demanding circuit, prompting the Honda Racing rider to sit-out the second 30-lap affair.
“It was a hard decision to walk away today and miss the second race, but it’s been a tough weekend for me physically,” O’Halloran admitted. “We’ve had good speed through all sessions and I had a good day yesterday, but it took a lot out of me and I’m not over this injury yet.
“Knockhill is a really physical track and my legs just aren’t strong enough, I need to think about the next couple of races and not set my progress back any further. I’d made a good step from Snetterton, even with a small set back and managed to get strong for this weekend, but over the weekend it did become a struggle.
“We have to be sensible and there’s no point in hurting myself more, it’s not going to do us any favours in the long run. As soon as I am 100% fit again I know I’ll be back at the front, the Fireblade is working so well and the team are doing such a good job, which makes it even more frustrating.”
O’Halloran is hopeful of a full return at Brands Hatch’s sixth round, scheduled for 20-22 July.