The McAMS Yamaha team return to action for the penultimate round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike championship at Donington Park this weekend.
It’s the second visit to the Leicestershire track this season, only this time the event will take place on the full, 2.5-mile Grand Prix layout rather than the shorter national circuit used back in May.
Donington Park holds fond memories for the team as a venue where Showdown contender Tarran Mackenzie took to the podium earlier this year with second place in race one.
Still in contention for the 2019 crown, Mackenzie will be looking to bounce back from a difficult weekend last time out at Assen to get his championship fight back on track at his local round.
After taking to the podium for the first time with McAMS Yamaha last time out at Assen, Jason O’Halloran is looking to carry that momentum into this weekend. Still struggling with his shoulder injury, the Aussie wants to take each round as it comes as he looks to get fit for 2020, but that isn’t dampening his hunger for further podium glory.
Rookie Matt Truelove is looking forward to returning to familiar ground as he continues his quest to score his first British Championship points after a challenging debut season.
Practice gets underway on Friday with qualifying on Saturday before both races on Sunday afternoon.
Championship: 5th (527 points)
“Assen wasn’t the ideal way to start the Showdown, but on Sunday I felt like I gained some confidence back. We have a good setting for Donington and I finished every race in the top five earlier this year. We shouldn’t have to change too much on the GP layout so hopefully we can hit the ground running. It looks like the weather might play a part too, but it is what it is! The aim has to be to get back to the front, we have shown our potential this year so we need to get back on the podium.”
Championship: 9th (156 points)
“After finally standing on the podium with McAMS Yamaha at Assen, I am fired up and ready to go for the final two weekends of the year. The bike felt good at Donington earlier in the year and we’ve actually made a lot of progress since then, so I’m confident ahead of the weekend. Everyone knows the situation with my shoulder and it hasn’t changed, but like Donington, Assen is a bit easier on the body. Come rain or shine, the aim is to be back fighting for podiums to end the year on a high.”
“Assen wasn’t what we wanted, so I’m looking forward to going to Donington and going back on track. Obviously we raced there earlier in the year when everything was new for me, but a few weeks back we did an endurance race there and despite being injured things felt pretty good, so hopefully that gives us a good base for the weekend ahead. There are only two rounds left now and we’ve been close to the points on a number of occasions this year, so it’d be nice to box it off before the end of the season.”
“I can’t quite believe it’s the penultimate round of the year. Where has all that time gone? We had a good round at Donington earlier this year with Taz on the podium and Jason on the pace until he unfortunately crashed out. The aim is to get Taz back up the sharp end as finishing in the top three in the championship isn’t out of the question yet. Assen was tough for him, but he’s been able to build his confidence again and I think going back to a circuit we’ve already ridden at this year will further help with that. Considering the injury, Jason has been riding excellently in the last few rounds so we look forward to seeing what he can do to finish off the season in the last two events.”
Round 11 – Donington Park GP
FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER
Free Practice 1: 10:15 – 11:00
Free Practice 2: 15:30 – 16:15
SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER
Free Practice 3: 10:45 – 11:30
SUNDAY 6TH OCTOBER
Warm-up: 09:40 – 10:00
Race 1: 13:30 (20 laps)
Race 2: 16:30 (20 laps)