McAMS Yamaha successfully wrapped up their 2020 pre-season test programme with Jason O’Halloran second on the timesheets at the official Bennetts British Superbike test at Donington Park.
Some four months after Spanish testing, the huge scale project to restart the British Superbike series kicked off at Donington today with McAMS Yamaha joining fellow teams on track for the first time since March.
In order to get the riders’ eyes back in the game, the team had two private outings at Knockhill and Croft ahead of the Donington test but after what has been the longest pre-season in history, they are now raring to get going as the championship begins next week.
The day wasn’t without its challenges with O’Halloran taking a small fall in the morning’s second session and while he was unhurt, the crash left him stiff on the bike in the afternoon.
Aware that there are no points for pre-season testing, the pair worked away at perfecting their set-up for next weekend’s opening round given the extra time testing at the same circuit offers.
O’Halloran’s final lap time of 1’06.597 saw him shoot to the top of the timesheets towards the closing moments of the day before he was displaced by FS3 Kawasaki’s Lee Jackson for the top spot by just 0.014 seconds.
Working through various set-up options and looking at electronics, Mackenzie rounded out the day 13th on the combined classification with a 1’07.004 – just 0.4 seconds off the top in a super-close BSB field.
The delayed 2020 Bennetts British Superbike season gets underway at Donington Park next weekend with practice kicking off on Friday 7th August and with races on both Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th.