News 18 Sep 2023

O'Halloran looking to 'reset' following Oulton BSB challenge

Focus of Yamaha racer turns to an uplift next time out at Donington Park.

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It was a challenging weekend for British Superbike Championship (BSB) contender Jason O’Halloran at Oulton Park, and the McAMS Yamaha contender is eager to ‘reset’, then improve next time out at Donington.

O’Halloran lost valuable time in free practice with a small issue, and from there the team struggled to get back on the front foot with the Australian fighting a lack of feeling all weekend with his R1.

A 1m34.319s placed O’Halloran seventh on the grid ahead of the sprint race, and the number 22 ultimately took the checkers P8 in the opening encounter.

The second race of the weekend saw him start eighth on the grid, and O’Halloran was able to make up positions lost early with relative ease but was unable to progress any further through the pack, finishing P8 once more.

A sixth-place grid position for the final race of the weekend gave the team some hope, but it was a similar story with O’Halloran losing some places on the start and again unable to recover the ground lost.

“It’s been a difficult weekend really,” O’Halloran recalled. “It’s not ideal but I did the best job I could – we’ve just been lacking something and no matter what we did we couldn’t improve the feeling.

“I finished all the races which is positive, so we’ll go through everything and try to understand. Donington is a different track compared to Oulton, so hopefully we can turn up there in a different place, reset after this weekend and go again.”

Oulton Park marked the first event of the new-look showdown, and O’Halloran enters the final two rounds of the season P6 in the championship standings.

Of other Australians competing at Oulton Park, Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW) notched a 5-5-5 scorecard, while Brayden Elliott (DAO Racing) made his premier class debut with 18-19-DNF results.

In Supersport, Ben Currie (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) continues to hold a health lead at the top of the standings after 2-3 results, while Tom Toparis (Macadam Racing) finished a solid P4 in the opening encounter at round nine. Additionally, Seth Crump notched a 12-14 scorecard.

Meanwhile, Billy McConnell (C&L Fairburn Properties Jackson Racing) went 12-7 in National Superstock, and Jacob Hatch (Completely Motorbikes Kawasaki) finished P6 in the Junior Superstock race.