News 21 May 2024

O'Halloran BSB win 'hopefully the first of many' for Kawasaki

British Superbike veteran celebrates Donington Park race three victory.

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Australian Jason O’Halloran is hopeful his maiden triumph with Completely Motorbikes Kawasaki is ‘the first of many’ after the 36-year-old celebrated a race three victory at Donington Park’s third round of the 2024 Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

O’Halloran transferred to the Kawasaki-backed team for this season following a number of years at the formerly Raceways Motorcycles-operated McAms Yamaha, who ceased their Superbike involvement as Yamaha Motor UK’s official BSB team at the conclusion of 2023.

It’s been a steady transition to the ZX-10RR for the number 22, registering 10-6 and 7-6-7 race results at the first two rounds before lodging an 8-DNF scorecard in races one and two at Donington Park.

It was an incredible rebound for O’Halloran in race three and a timely boost of confidence, as the battle for victory saw him steal the lead on the penultimate lap to secure an emotional win over reigning champion Tommy Bridewell (Honda Racing UK).

“It’s amazing to win,” O’Halloran stated. “We’ve all been working hard just to make that adaptation to the Kawasaki and to get comfortable on it. The guys have put a massive effort in and I’ve felt good on the bike for a little while now, just our starting position hasn’t been great.

“The first race today was the first time where I felt like I was properly in the race, I felt like I had speed, I felt good on the bike but unfortunately we had a little technical [problem]. And then the guys put in a big shift and changed the engine and it was basically a brand new bike for the race.

“To go out and win is incredible. It’s really nice to get up here and win for the team, they haven’t won in a couple of years, so hopefully it’s the first of many. We all had strong points on the track so it was a bit of a yoyo effect. But I got close enough with a lap to go. On the last lap I just put my head down, tried to hit every apex and didn’t make any mistakes. Winning today is a massive thanks to the team.”

Fellow Australians Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW Motorrad) and Billy McConnell (Look Forward Racing Honda) recorded 10-8-DNF and 11-DNF-14 scorecards respectively, while Brayden Elliott (DAO Racing Kawasaki) went 18-18-19 across the three races.