Jason O’Halloran led the way as testing for the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship got underway. The Australian lapped 0.5 seconds under the lap record to top the opening Snetterton test after three days on track. New to the team for 2022, Tim Neave led the way in the Superstock class on the Edwards 1902 R1.
Hungrier than ever before after narrowly missing out on the title in 2021 to team-mate Mackenzie, O’Halloran entered the opening test with a clear plan for the three-days with new crew chief Les Pearson. The #22 side of the garage spent the entire test flat out, trying different settings as they evaluated the 2022 R1.
Ending two of the three days on top, O’Halloran’s time of 1’46.575 in the final session saw him 0.072 sec ahead of former World Champion Tom Sykes.
Having broken his ankle and dislocated his shoulder in January, reigning champion Tarran Mackenzie was apprehensive ahead of the opening test. Not certain he’d ride until a little over a week ago, he rolled out of pit lane donning the #1 on Friday morning. Under the instruction to take it gently and ease himself back in, Mackenzie focused on building his bike strength up but soon felt able to improve the bike and his lap time. While his ankle was fine, his shoulder did cause him some discomfort but in spite of this, he ended the test seventh fastest just over half a second off O’Halloran’s time.
It was a strong start for the Raceways Motorcycles-run team in the Superstock class too with new-signing Tim Neave leading the way on his Edwards 1902 R1. The Lincolnshireman’s time of 1’49.228 saw him 0.32 sec ahead of Alex Olsen in second.