O'Halloran Eighth in Oulton Opener

O'Halloran Eighth in Oulton Opener

Jason O’Halloran fought through from the fifth row of the grid to bag more important points in Sunday’s opening Bennetts British Superbike encounter at Oulton Park.

The Australian entered the first race of the weekend with a challenge at hand having qualified 14th earlier in the day, when an unexpected rain shower led to a difficult qualifying session. O’Halloran had shown speed initially, but fell down the order towards the closing stages of the session.

A strong start saw the Aussie up into the top eight by the end of the opening lap, and settling into his rhythm, he looked to build his pace in the shortest of the weekend’s three races. Passing Andrew Irwin for seventh, he looked to close the gap to the front but wasn’t quite able to do so, a small issue in the closing stages saw him lose a position to Tommy Bridewell, leaving him eighth overall when a red flag brought the race to a premature end. He will start tomorrow’s race from tenth on the grid.

It was a tough day for Lincolnshire’s Tim Neave in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class. Despite improving his overall lap time, he wasn’t quite satisfied with 12th on the grid for tomorrow’s race but is confident about his pace over distance, so will be looking for a good start.

Bank Holiday Monday will see the BSB riders back on track for races at 13:30 and 16:30.

Jason O'Halloran

Qualifying

14th

Race 1

8th

“It was difficult starting from the fifth row but I felt good on the bike and we were able to have a strong first few laps, I made some good passes and felt pretty comfortable getting through the guys. Obviously it takes some time to get through people but then in the middle part of the race I felt my pace was ok. We’ve got a few things to work on, so we can try and build on the feeling we had for tomorrow. Towards the end of the race I had a slight problem which didn’t help, but we can rectify that tomorrow and look to improve on that.”

Tim Neave

Edwards 1902 Superstock

Qualifying

12th

“We’ve definitely got a bit of work to do, 12th on the grid isn’t where we want to be. The bike feels good and I feel like we have strong pace over distance, but it just didn’t come together for us in qualifying today. Getting a good start will be key tomorrow, if I can get away well and get on the back of the leading group I am confident we can have a good result.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“I felt Jason rode really well today. Qualifying didn’t quite work out for us and starting on the fifth row made things difficult, but he got a really strong start to get up into the top eight and rode a solid race. We had a small issue towards the end which didn’t help matters, but we are confident that we can make progress tomorrow. Tim had a bit of a tough qualifying, his ideal lap time is really good but he just wasn’t quite able to string a lap together today. He’s feeling good for race distance, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Race 1 result:

Pos Rider Team Bike
1 Bradley Ray RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha
2 Rory Skinner FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki
3 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha
4 Josh Brookes MCE Ducati Ducati
5 Peter Hickman FHO Racing BMW BMW
6 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati
7 Christian Iddon Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki
8 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
9 Lee Jackson FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki
10 Danny Buchan SYNETIQ BMW MOTORRAD BMW

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
8 Danny Buchan SYNETIQ BMW MOTORRAD BMW 84
9 Josh Brookes MCE Ducati Ducati 77
15th Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 35

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