News 3 Aug 2023

End of an era outlined by McAMS Yamaha in BSB

Raceways Motorcycles to step down from its role after 2023 season.

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Raceways Motorcycles will step down from its role running the official Yamaha Motor UK team in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) at the end of the 2023 season, marking the end of an era for the outfit known as McAMS Yamaha that features Australian Jason O’Halloran in its line-up.

The team has been known as McAMS Yamaha for the last seven years, and in that time, the Raceways-run effort has amassed a total of 42 British Superbike victories, a further 107 podiums and the 2021 British Superbike teams, manufacturers and rider crowns.

The announcement comes as team owner, Steve Rodgers, looks to scale back his involvement in racing after over three decades running teams under the Raceways banner. That said, Raceways will continue to provide support to Yamaha teams within the paddock through their GYTR Pro Shop, including R1, R6 and the R7 in the new Pirelli National Sportbike Championship.

“It will be the end of the era when the garage doors come down on the McAMS Yamaha team for the final time at Brands Hatch in October,” said McAMS Yamaha team principal Steve Rodgers. “Many of the staff and sponsors within this team have been with us since the early years and in that time it’s become like a family.

“It’s rare to have that loyalty, especially from a title sponsor with McAMS having been with us from the start of the journey in 2017 to the end in 2023. However, all good things must come to an end and together, we feel now is the right time.

“I have been involved in motorcycle racing for over 30 years and some of the best and most cherished memories of that time have been formed in the last seven years with the McAMS Yamaha team, including the highlight of our time in racing winning the British Championship with Tarran in 2021.

“We have to sincerely thank everyone who’s helped us over the years, not least our loyal sponsors but also Yamaha Motor UK for trusting us to represent their brand at the highest level of racing in the UK and of course, every single member of staff who has worked for the team in this team.

“However, it’s not over yet and we remain committed to fighting for victories for the remainder of the season to end our story on a high.”

2023 marks the fifth year that O’Halloran features in the McAMS Yamaha line-up, and he has amassed a number of race wins and podium success in his tenure with the team. His future beyond the current season has not been officially confirmed.