Productive day for McAMS Yamaha at Oulton Park

Productive day for McAMS Yamaha at Oulton Park

Jason O’Halloran got off to a solid start as the second round of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship got underway at Oulton Park, sitting fifth on the combined timesheets at the end of the day.

Having established a clear direction at last week’s test at the Cheshire track, O’Halloran was eager to get out for FP1 as the sun beamed down. It was a strong session for the Aussie, who set a time of 1’34.402 to sit third at the end of the session, narrowly pipped to second by Peter Hickman.

A slight change to the bike for FP2 improved his feeling on the R1, but with rain coming down mid-way through the session, he was unable to push on to see what he could achieve. His time from the opening session left him fifth on the timesheets.

Despite having hoped to ride this weekend, Tarran Mackenzie remains on the sidelines after assessment by the BSB medical team ruled him unfit for participation in the event – a decision both Tarran and the team accepted.

It was a day of progress for Tim Neave on the Edwards 1902 Yamaha in the Pirelli National Superstock class, he improved his lap time step by step but was ultimately hampered by a busy track, leaving him 12th at the end of day one but feeling strong on the R1.

Combined Practice

Pos Rider Time Bike
1 Bradley Ray 1'33.736 Yamaha
2 Lee Jackson 1'33.905 Kawasaki
3 Peter Hickman 1'34.328 BMW
4 Tommy Bridewell 1'34.352 Ducati
5 Jason O'Halloran 1'34.402 Yamaha
6 Rory Skinner 1'34.350 Kawasaki
7 Glenn Irwin 1'34.532 Honda
8 Christian Iddon 1'34.713 Suzuki
9 Leon Haslam 1'34.915 Kawasaki
10 Danny Buchan 1'34.967 BMW

Jason O'Halloran

“It’s been a good day, the direction in which we’ve gone with the bike is definitely better and we’ve been able to work through a couple of things which look promising. I actually felt better on the bike in FP2, but then the rain came which meant we couldn’t really see where we were but it’s the same for everyone! Hopefully the weather stays OK for tomorrow and we’ll give it a good go.”

Tim Neave

“I’m quite happy with today, 12th isn’t where I want to be on the times but we’ve made a good step and the bike feels really good. The track was busy today, but now I’m starting to feel more confident on the bike I think we can start to push on so I’m excited to see what tomorrow brings.”

Tarran Mackenzie

“It’s obviously a shame not to be riding today but we knew it was going to be a long shot. I went to see the medical team this morning and their advice was that it’s probably just a bit too soon. There are two weekends off before Donington so that’s three weeks of extra rehabilitation, so I’ll now turn my focus to coming back there as strong as I can.”

Steve Rodgers

“Today has been OK, we’ve learned quite a bit about the bike but the rain in FP2 was a bit frustrating as we didn’t get to see where we were with Jason. Tim is progressing nicely on the stocker, so we’ll see how he gets on tomorrow. We knew it was going to be a big ask for Tarran to be fit to ride today, but it’s important not to rush it and get him back on the bike as strong as he can be so we’ll see where we are at for Donington.”

2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Standings

Pos Rider Team Bike PTS
1 Bradley Ray RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 216
2 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 200
3 Lee Jackson FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 174
4 Rory Skinner FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 148
5 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 141
6 Glenn Irwin Honda Racing Honda 134
7 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati 94
9 Josh Brookes MCE Ducati Ducati 77
15th Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 35

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