O'Halloran second quickest as McAMS Yamaha wrap up pre-season testing

O'Halloran second quickest as McAMS Yamaha wrap up pre-season testing

at Donington Park

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.

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Jason O'Halloran

FP 1

2nd

“It’s been a good day, but I have to say I’m glad pre-season is done with now! It’s been a long one. Today has probably been the best day we’ve had all pre-season, we’ve worked to a plan and stuck to it and it’s paid off. I had a small tip off in session two which set us back a bit but we regrouped and got back on track with the plan for the final two sessions.

“I can’t wait to get back here next weekend and sit in front of those lights and finally get racing underway. It’s good to finish testing so close to the top as it just adds to our confidence ahead of next weekend.”

Tarran Mackenzie

FP 1

13th

“Post-lockdown we’ve done a few miles on the superbike and I’ve done a lot of miles on my practice bike so we came here bike fit and not having to worry about getting back into the swing of it. I had a good feeling with the bike straight away, we didn’t change too many things I just wanted to get a feel for the new R1 around this track as it’s the first track I’ve ridden it at that we’ll race at so I wanted to make sure we made use of the time.

“I’m really happy with our pace, it might not look great on the timesheets but I know we’ve had a strong day and hopefully it’ll pay off next weekend.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“It was good to get back in the paddock with our colleagues today even if it was a little different to what we’d consider normal. It’s been a long pre-season but a productive one, both Jason and Taz had a plan and stuck to it from the very first test all the way until now.

“We wanted to make sure we had the bike in the best position it could be to win races and I’m happy with what the boys have achieved over both Spanish testing and testing since lockdown. We are feeling good ahead of the opening round next weekend and can’t wait to get things underway.”

Official Test - Donington Park - Combined Times

Pos Rider Time Bike
1 1:06.583
2 Jason O'Halloran 1:06.597 Yamaha
3 Hector Barbera 1:06.600 BMW
4 Glenn Irwin 1:06.637 Honda
5 Andrew Irwin 1:06.663 Honda
6 Danny Buchan 1:06.664 Kawasaki
7 1:06.719
8 1:06.836
9 1:06.849
13 Tarran Mackenzie 1:07.004 Yamaha
  • Tarran Mackenzie

Bennetts British Superbike Championship Standings

Pos Rider Team Bike PTS
1 Josh Brookes VisionTrack Ducati Ducati 288
2 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 267
3 Christian Iddon VisionTrack Ducati Ducati 258
4 Glenn Irwin Honda Racing Honda 226
5 Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 215
6 Andrew Irwin Honda Racing Honda 172
7 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati 168
8 Lee Jackson Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki Kawasaki 157
9 Kyle Ryde Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 137
10 Danny Buchan Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki Kawasaki 131

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