ROUND 10

TT ASSEN

22.09.2019

ROUND 20

TT ASSEN – 22.09.2019

3RD / 7TH

JASON O’HALLORAN

16 PTS / 9 PTS

7TH / 13TH

TARRAN MACKENZIE

9 PTS / 3 PTS

18TH / 18TH

MATT TRUELOVE

0 PTS / 0 PTS

POSRIDERTEAMFP1FP2FP3GAPDIFF
1Scott REDDINGBe Wiser Ducati1:36.6851:36.0601:35.613--
2Glenn IRWINTyco BMW1:37.2981:38.7551:36.2240.6110.611
3Tommy BRIDEWELLOxford Ducati1:37.5921:36.5341:36.5470.9340.310
4Luke STAPLEFORDBuildbase Suzuki1:37.5951:36.9971:36.6030.9900.069
5Xavi FORÉSHonda Racing1:37.1691:37.2081:36.6901.0770.087
6Bradley RAYBuildbase Suzuki1:38.2611:37.4331:36.7981.1850.108
7Jason O'HALLORANMcAMS Yamaha1:37.7801:36.8301:36.8621.2170.032
8Danny BUCHANFS-3 Kawasaki1:37.1921:37.3211:36.9251.3120.095
9Josh BROOKESBe Wiser Ducati1:37.3981:37.2841:36.9441.3310.019
10Christian IDDONTyco BMW1:37.6741:37.2461:36.9591.3460.015
11Andrew IRWINHonda Racing1:37.9391:37.6571:36.9861.3730.027
12Richard COOPERBuildbase Suzuki1:38.1831:37.9291:37.0271.4140.041
13Héctor BARBERÁJG Speedfit Kawasaki1:37.5231:37.0341:37.0651.4210.007
14Dan LINFOOTTAG Yamaha1:37.9951:37.0891:37.6681.4760.055
15Peter HICKMANSmiths BMW1:38.0151:37.1201:37.2721.5070.031
16Tarran MACKENZIEMcAMS Yamaha1:39.1701:38.1201:37.2791.6660.159
17Luke MOSSEYOMG Suzuki1:38.0771:37.3301:37.4281.7170.051
18Ryan VICKERSRAF Kawasaki1:38.5671:37.3641:37.3531.7400.023
19James ELLISONOMG Suzuki1:39.0681:38.3381:37.4561.8430.103
20Alex OLSENSmiths BMW1:40.5901:39.2281:37.7222.1090.266
21Claudio CORTITeam WD-401:38.3131:37.9631:37.7462.1330.024
22Ben CURRIEJG Speedfit Kawasaki1:39.4031:38.4101:37.7742.1610.028
23Joe FRANCISLloyd & Jones BMW1:38.7371:38.8021:40.0133.1240.963
24Matt TRUELOVERaceways Yamaha1:40.4111:39.7301:38.8083.1950.071
25Josh OWENSCDH Racing Kawasaki1:40.1541:39.6431:39.6264.0130.818
26Sam COVENTRYTeam 64 Kawasaki1:41.2891:40.4401:39.8974.2840.271
27Shaun WINFIELDTAG Yamaha1:41.0201:40.0141:40.6444.4010.117
POSRIDERTEAMQ1Q2Q3GAP
1Scott REDDINGBe Wiser Ducati1:36.1121:36.1711:35.588-
2Tommy BRIDEWELLOxford Ducati1:36.2201:36.3401:35.7630.175
3Luke STAPLEFORDBuildbase Suzuki1:36.4551:36.3581:35.8030.215
4Jason O'HALLORANMcAMS Yamaha1:36.9821:36.1171:36.0230.435
5Josh BROOKESBe Wiser Ducati1:36.8371:36.3251:36.0860.498
6Danny BUCHANFS-3 Kawasaki1:36.8201:36.3591:36.8281.240
7Ryan VICKERSRAF Kawasaki1:36.8161:36.3511:36.8651.277
8Christian IDDONTyco BMW1:37.0691:36.1741:36.8771.289
9Glenn IRWINTyco BMW1:37.0341:36.5021:37.3461.758
10Héctor BARBERÁJG Speedfit Kawasaki1:37.1821:36.6021.014
11Peter HICKMANSmiths BMW1:36.8971:36.6411.053
12Xavi FORÉSHonda Racing1:36.7441:36.6781.090
13Bradley RAYBuildbase Suzuki1:37.0321:36.6941.106
14Dan LINFOOTTAG Yamaha1:36.7601:36.7101.122
15Tarran MACKENZIEMcAMS Yamaha1:37.1071:36.9081.320
16Luke MOSSEYOMG Suzuki1:37.2021:37.0281.440
17Ben CURRIEJG Speedfit Kawasaki1:37.3411:37.4741.886
18Andrew IRWINHonda Racing1:37.1471.559
19Richard COOPERBuildbase Suzuki1:37.4381.850
20James ELLISONOMG Suzuki1:37.5631.975
21Alex OLSENSmiths BMW1:37.8352.247
22Matt TRUELOVERaceways Yamaha1:38.4102.822
23Claudio CORTITeam WD-401:38.4182.830
24Shaun WINFIELDTAG Yamaha1:38.8153.227
25Joe FRANCISLloyd & Jones BMW1:39.1943.606
26Sam COVENTRYTeam 64 Kawasaki1:39.4043.816
POSRIDERTEAMLAPSTIMEGAPDIFFBEST
1Scott REDDINGBe Wiser Ducati1830:05.476--1:36.356
2Josh BROOKESBe Wiser Ducati1830:10.4534.9774.9771:36.446
3Jason O'HALLORANMcAMS Yamaha1830:10.7305.2540.2771:36.567
4Luke STAPLEFORDBuildbase Suzuki1830:10.7695.2930.0391:36.417
5Xavi FORÉSHonda Racing1830:12.9207.4442.1511:36.686
6Danny BUCHANFS-3 Kawasaki1830:12.9817.5050.0611:36.907
7Tarran MACKENZIEMcAMS Yamaha1830:13.4938.0170.5121:36.800
8Peter HICKMANSmiths BMW1830:14.6809.2041.1871:36.785
9Bradley RAYBuildbase Suzuki1830:18.37212.8963.6921:37.107
10Héctor BARBERÁJG Speedfit Kawasaki1830:20.46014.9842.0881:37.424
11Andrew IRWINHonda Racing1830:25.65920.1835.1991:37.642
12Luke MOSSEYOMG Suzuki1830:25.82020.3440.1611:37.700
13Richard COOPERBuildbase Suzuki1830:26.21020.7340.3901:37.817
14James ELLISONOMG Suzuki1830:27.82722.3511.6171:37.663
15Ben CURRIEJG Speedfit Kawasaki1830:28.71123.2350.8841:37.766
16Alex OLSENSmiths BMW1830:28.95623.4800.2451:37.482
17Claudio CORTITeam WD-401830:29.12623.6500.1701:37.794
18Matt TRUELOVERaceways Yamaha1830:48.85943.38319.7331:39.297
19Sam COVENTRYTeam 64 Kawasaki1830:49.32943.8530.4701:38.658
20Glenn IRWINTyco BMW1525:40.2213 Laps3 Laps1:37.949
21Dan LINFOOTTAG Yamaha1322:27.8925 Laps5 Laps1:36.988
22Shaun WINFIELDTAG Yamaha1221:03.5156 Laps1 Lap1:39.224
23Tommy BRIDEWELLOxford Ducati813:53.18010 Laps4 Laps1:36.343
24Christian IDDONTyco BMW813:59.16310 Laps5.9831:37.487
25Josh OWENSCDH Racing Kawasaki509:18.15813 Laps3 Laps1:39.935
26Joe FRANCISLloyd & Jones BMW305:40.39815 Laps2 Laps1:42.253
27Ryan VICKERSRAF Kawasaki101:43.99317 Laps2 Laps-
POSRIDERTEAMLAPSTIMEGAPDIFFBEST
1Scott REDDINGBe Wiser Ducati1829:14.292--1:36.710
2Tommy BRIDEWELLOxford Ducati1829:17.6773.3853.3851:36.897
3Danny BUCHANFS-3 Kawasaki1829:17.8103.5180.1331:36.805
4Josh BROOKESBe Wiser Ducati1829:18.1213.8290.3111:36.950
5Luke STAPLEFORDBuildbase Suzuki1829:22.0647.7723.9431:37.059
6Xavi FORÉSHonda Racing1829:24.81510.5232.7511:36.874
7Jason O'HALLORANMcAMS Yamaha1829:25.69811.4060.8831:37.198
8Peter HICKMANSmiths BMW1829:27.74413.4522.0461:36.873
9Dan LINFOOTTAG Yamaha1829:28.73314.4410.9891:37.345
10Bradley RAYBuildbase Suzuki1829:28.88314.5910.1501:37.146
11Héctor BARBERÁJG Speedfit Kawasaki1829:28.89214.6000.0091:37.148
12Andrew IRWINHonda Racing1829:33.53719.2454.6451:37.707
13Tarran MACKENZIEMcAMS Yamaha1829:33.96719.6750.4301:37.645
14Claudio CORTITeam WD-401829:40.56026.2686.5931:37.932
15Glenn IRWINTyco BMW1829:51.72037.42811.1601:38.021
16Alex OLSENSmiths BMW1829:54.12239.8302.4021:38.674
17Ben CURRIEJG Speedfit Kawasaki1829:54.69140.3990.5691:38.634
18Matt TRUELOVERaceways Yamaha1830:08.55054.25813.8591:38.407
19Shaun WINFIELDTAG Yamaha1830:19.0901:04.79810.5401:39.443
DNFChristian IDDONTyco BMW1728:24.2121 Lap1 Lap1:37.710
DNFJosh OWENSCDH Racing Kawasaki1322:03.6835 Laps4 Laps1:39.535
DNFLuke MOSSEYOMG Suzuki813:31.90610 Laps5 Laps1:38.252
DNFJoe FRANCISLloyd & Jones BMW712:01.14911 Laps1 Lap1:39.232
DNFSam COVENTRYTeam 64 Kawasaki712:10.37711 Laps9.2281:39.516
DNFRichard COOPERBuildbase Suzuki407:21.10314 Laps3 Laps1:39.329
DNFJames ELLISONOMG Suzuki203:23.64016 Laps2 Laps1:38.858
DNFRyan VICKERSRAF Kawasaki0

REPORTS

Things get serious for McAMS Yamaha as the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship title fight gets underway at the iconic TT Circuit Assen this weekend with Tarran Mackenzie gunning for glory on his YZF-R1.

Assen was kind to the 23-year-old in his rookie campaign, fighting for the win and eventually finishing third in the opening race last year and having secured his place in the 2019 title fighters’ showdown, he’s looking to get back to race-winning ways this weekend.

Mackenzie sits fourth in the championship standings, just 33 points from race leader Josh Brookes and with anything possible over the final seven races, Mackenzie wants to put himself in the best position to fight for the crown come the final round at Brands Hatch next month.

Jason O’Halloran is feeling confident ahead of the weekend after improvements with his shoulder injury in the gap between rounds. Determined to secure his first podium with McAMS Yamaha before the year out, the Aussie has been looking forward to his first run out on the super-fast Assen circuit with the YZF-R1.

After sitting out the Oulton Park round after sustaining a training injury, Matt Truelove will be back in action this weekend as he looks to continue the progress he’s made throughout his rookie season.

Tarran Mackenzie
Championship: 4th (515 points)
“I’m looking forward to Assen. We had a really good outing there last year and was close to the win so hopefully we can hit the ground running from FP1 and have a solid weekend. The last three rounds are obviously important and we need to make the most of being in the Showdown. The three circuits suit the Yamaha, so that’s a positive. It feels like a long time ago since I was last on the podium and I haven’t won since Silverstone so I want to be back fighting at the front and trying to win races, if we can do that then the rest will take care of itself.”

Jason O’Halloran
Championship: 10th (131 points)
“I love the trip to Assen, so I’m looking forward to the weekend as it’s obviously quite a unique event for us. It’s one of the best circuits in the world so what’s not to love? The team had a good weekend at Assen last year so I’m looking forward to riding the Yamaha there for the first time. My shoulder is improving all the time, which is good. I’m feeling pretty optimistic as last time out I got through three races at one of the most physical tracks on the calendar and finished sixth in all three, so I’m glad we’re back to two races this weekend and the track is a little less physical too so we’ll see how we go.”

Matt Truelove
“After missing Oulton races I am really looking forward to getting back out at Assen. I’m feeling quite a bit better so the injuries shouldn’t be too much of a problem for us. Assen looks like a mega track so I can’t wait to get out there on the superbike for the first time. The Yamaha seems to have worked well there in the past so I am confident for the weekend ahead. As always, the aim is to be as close to the points as possible, but if we can finish in the top 20 I’ll be happy.”

Steve Rodgers
Team Owner
“It’s a big weekend! Assen is a fantastic event and we all love going over. It’s the time of year where things get serious and with Taz having secured his place in the Showdown, now is our chance to show what we have. We’re only 33 points off the series lead so anything is possible over these final seven races, but we’ll take it race by race with the aim of fighting at the front in all of them. If we can do that then we stand a chance of still being in the fight at Brands Hatch. Jason seems confident ahead of the weekend which is encouraging. The last few rounds have been tough for him with his shoulder but he’s pretty determined to finish on the podium before the end of the year and thinks Assen could be one of his best chances.”

Jason O’Halloran led the way for the McAMS Yamaha team as Round 10 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship got underway at the iconic TT Circuit Assen, setting the third quickest time of the day on his YZF-R1.

Determined to end what has been a challenging season on a high, the Aussie worked through a number of items in a chilly FP1, ending the session tenth overall. With the temperature higher in the afternoon, O’Halloran upped the pace to sit comfortably in the top five for most of the session before setting a time good enough to go third on the timesheets with a 1’36.830, 0.7 seconds off pacesetter Scott Redding.

It was a tougher day for title fighter Tarran Mackenzie, who was unable to find a feeling with the YZF-R1 in either session despite a number of significant changes. He was a disappointing 21st in FP1 and despite some improvement in FP2, he ended the session 18th overall. Following the session debrief, the team are confident they have pin-pointed the issue and work is already underway to rectify the situation for tomorrow’s FP3.

Visiting Assen for the first time, Matt Truelove ended the day 25th fastest.

Track action resumes on Saturday morning with qualifying in the afternoon.

Jason O’Halloran
Pos: 3rd Time: 1’36’534
“Today has been really good. It’s my first time here on the Yamaha so we found our feet this morning as the bike is quite a bit different to the bike I’ve ridden here previously. Once you let that feeling become natural it comes and this afternoon I was fast from my first exit and went from there. We’ve still got some things to work on for tomorrow, so hopefully we can go a little faster in the morning, get a bit closer to Scott and then see what we’ve got for qualifying.”

Tarran Mackenzie
Pos: 18th Time: 1’38.120
“Today was obviously tough. I was 21st this morning and 18th this afternoon. I didn’t have the best of feelings with the bike from the first lap in FP1 and even when we put a new tyre in or make a change the bike doesn’t seem to be doing what I want it to do. I don’t know what’s wrong, whether it’s myself or the bike, so we will sit down and have a think tonight and come up with a plan for tomorrow. I need to be a lot faster tomorrow if I want to fight for the championship, 18th isn’t really cutting the mustard so hopefully tomorrow is a better day.”

Matt Truelove
“I’d have liked to have been a little bit closer today, but we are getting there. We knocked a fair chunk off between practice sessions so if we can do that again tomorrow I’ll be happy. The aim here was always to get in the top 20 and push towards points and that remains the goal.”

Steve Rodgers
Team Owner
“Mixed feelings after that one! Jason is clearly getting on well with the bike here, we knew the bike could go well at this track and he seems to be getting the most out of that and believes there’s even more to come so things are looking positive on that side of the garage. Today obviously hasn’t been easy for Taz, but with Jason showing the bike can be at the front we have no excuses and need to get up there. We’re fairly sure we’ve pin-pointed the issue and the boys are working to fix it tonight, so fingers crossed tomorrow is a better day.”

Jason O’Halloran will start tomorrow’s opening Bennetts British Superbike race at Assen from fourth on the grid after an impressive performance in qualifying, while team-mate Tarran Mackenzie will face a fifth row start after another tough day in the Netherlands.

After setting the third quickest time on Friday, O’Halloran worked on race pace in Saturday’s morning session, rounding out FP3 seventh quickest before turning his attention to qualifying. Progressing through Q1 easily, O’Halloran led the way in the second qualifying session before setting out to fight for a front-row start. Aborting several laps early in Q3, the Aussie would narrowly miss out on the front row with his time of 1:36.023 to secure fourth on the grid.

While overnight changes saw a significant boost for Mackenzie, with the title fighter well over a second faster than his Friday pace, it wouldn’t quite be enough as he missed out on a spot in Q3 and will start the opening race 15th. The team will put their heads together tonight to come up with a plan to further improve their pace tomorrow.

Rookie Matt Truelove continued to show progress, shaving two seconds off his FP1 time by qualifying and will start the opening race 22nd on the grid.

Jason O’Halloran
Qualifying: 5th   Time: 1’36.023
“That was a pretty good qualifying for us. We were making changes all the way through, but in general I feel really good and comfortable and I think we will have strong pace tomorrow. Q3 was a bit of a scrappy session and I feel like we missed a bit of time through that but I’m happy enough, the boys have done a really good job. The biggest thing for me is I feel I’m making a big step with my physical condition and that’s going to improve as the weeks go on. I’m happy to be disappointed with fourth. The last few rounds I’ve just been happy to be here and now we’re back up front and challenging these front boys so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

Tarran Mackenzie
Qualifying: 15th     Time: 1’36.908
“That wasn’t the plan. We have struggled all weekend, I haven’t had the best feeling with the bike. We made a step this morning and went a bit faster again in qualifying but it’s not enough. I need to find something in myself and we need to find something with the bike for tomorrow and hopefully we can have a better day. 15th isn’t ideal, but we’ll try and get a good start, keep smiling and do my best.”

Matt Truelove
Qualifying: 22nd     Time: 1’38.410
“I’m happy with that, we’ve come a long way since FP1 and the time shows the improvement we’ve made. I’m feeling confident ahead of the races tomorrow, they’ll be two long races around here but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. Top 20 is the aim and if we can score some points that would be mega!”

Steve Rodgers
Team Owner
“Jason is riding really well. It’s been coming for a while but his shoulder injury has held him back a bit but we’re starting to see what he is capable of now. I think he was a bit disappointed with fourth on the grid but he shouldn’t be, race pace is looking good and I genuinely believe he can fight for it tomorrow. It’s always a good scrap around here so it’ll be tough but I am excited to see what he can do. Clearly there are some issues on Tarran’s side, both he and the bike are capable of more around here, he showed that last year and Jason is showing it this year. We never give up, the boys will put their heads together this evening and come up with a plan for what to try in warm-up. 15th on the grid isn’t ideal, but there are plenty of passing opportunities around here so we’ll try and salvage something!”

Jason O’Halloran reaped the rewards of a tough but challenging season by taking his first podium with the McAMS Yamaha team in a scintillating first race fightback at TT Circuit Assen.

Starting from fourth on the grid, O’Halloran got off the line well but was squeezed out at the first corner. Settling into sixth in the early stages of the race, he picked off his rivals following a safety car intervention.

He then found himself fourth, 1.6 seconds off the podium battle but lap by lap he reeled them in, to find himself in the fight for second in the final stages. Moving into third, it looked as though the Aussie could clinch the runner-up spot but narrowly missed out on the final lap. Nevertheless, his third place finish marks his first podium with the McAMS Yamaha team after what has proved to be a tough 2019 season.

Starting 15th on the grid after what has been a tough weekend as he struggled to find a feeling from the bike, Mackenzie was hopeful after finding somewhat of a direction in warm-up. After a steady start he found himself comfortably in the top ten and progressing, demonstrating strong pace towards the end of the race. Finishing seventh with the eighth quickest lap, he’d secure a third row start for race two.

Race two would prove more challenging. Despite retaining the same settings from the first race, O’Halloran struggled with a lack of rear grip from the early stages. After a strong start, he’d drop back to seventh where he’d cross the line. Starting eighth, Mackenzie also got off the line well but was forced to roll the throttle after being cut across by another rider into turn one, this left him in a cat-fight in the mid-field and, getting a bit beaten up, he’d cross the line 13th to bring a close to a start to the Showdown he’d rather forget.

Mackenzie now sits fifth in the championship standings while O’Halloran jumps up one position to ninth.

Rookie Matt Truelove finished the races in 18th place.

The team will now travel back to the UK before re-grouping for the 11th round of the championship as we return to Donington Park on the full Grand Prix layout between 4-6 October.

Jason O’Halloran
Race 1: 3rd  Race 2: 7th   Championship: 9th
“It’s been a really good day. I’m really happy to have been up on the podium in race one. Everything worked for us in that race, I felt really comfortable and did my own thing and got our first trophy for the McAMS Yamaha team which I’m really pleased with as the guys have worked so hard this year. The second race was a little more difficult, I don’t know if we had an issue with the tyre or something as I struggled for grip from the early stages. Nonetheless it’s been a good day, so we’ll go to Donington and see what we can do.”

Tarran Mackenzie
Race 1: 7th   Race 2: 13th   Championship: 5th
“Race one was really positive, I got a good start and got in a good rhythm. It was our first time riding with that particular setting so it took me a few laps to get into it but when I did I felt really strong towards the end of the race. In race two, a rider came across me at the start and I had to roll to avoid hitting him and I got mugged into turn one and that was basically my race over. I was making good headway but then ended up in battles with a few others and that lost the gap to the front. I felt like I could have done a much better race so I’m going away disappointed, it was probably one of the worst weekends I’ve had this year. We didn’t have a good feeling all weekend but it came good today, the bike felt great but I didn’t perform. I’ll go away, do my homework and try and come back at Donington stronger.”

Matt Truelove
Race 1: 18th   Race 2: 18th 
“It’s not been an awful weekend, two 18th places are good as the aim was to be in the top 20 but a few people did crash out! I felt like we could have made a bit more progress on race day. I’ll now turn my attention to Donington, we did a bit of an endurance race there a few weeks ago and it went really well so I can’t wait to get back there and going again!”

Steve Rodgers
Team Owner
“First of all, I am absolutely delighted to see Jason finally step on that podium. It’s been coming for him since round one, when he should have been on the rostrum! It’s taken a bit longer than we hoped and it’s been a tough year, but we never lost faith in him and he never lost faith in us and that’s the most important thing. Let’s not forget, he’s still riding with a pretty badly bust shoulder! It’s been a tough weekend for Taz, we had an issue which pretty much wrote off Friday for us and from there you are playing catch up. We got the bike right for race day, improved the grid position in race two and then he just got duffed up a bit. It’s a shame but it is what it is. We were on the podium at Donington earlier in the year so hopefully we can do that again with not one but two riders!”

Details

CIRCUITTT Assen
ADDRESSDe Haar 9, 9405 TE Assen, Netherlands
WEBSITEwww.ttcircuit.com/en/

Circuit

LENGTH (KM)4.542
WIDTH-
POLE POSITIONLeft

Corners

NO. OF TURNS17
TURNS LEFT6
TURNS RIGHT11

CIRCUIT MAP

Lap Record

TIME1:36.904
RIDERJosh BROOKES
BIKEMilwaukee Yamaha
YEAR2015

Best Lap

TIME53.876
RIDERBradley RAY
BIKEBuildbase Suzuki
YEAR2018

2017 Result

1.Sylvain GUINTOLLI (Bennetts Suzuki)29:19.632
2.JOSH BROOKES (TAG Yamaha)+0.589
3.Leon HASLAM (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)+0.873