Strong start for McAMS Yamaha at Donington Park

Strong start for McAMS Yamaha at Donington Park

McAMS Yamaha returned to full force as practice got underway for Round 3 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park with reigning champion Tarran Mackenzie joining team-mate Jason O’Halloran for the first time at a race event this year.

It was a strong start for the duo too, with O’Halloran fourth on the timesheets at the end of the opening day. The Aussie’s time of a 1’05.952, set late in the second session, placed him within 0.4 seconds of the top. Thankfully the forecast rain held off for the majority of the day, but a sharp shower just after the start of FP2 brought everyone back to the garage. As the rain passed, the humid conditions dried the track quickly allowing for five minutes of full dry running at the end. However, a red flag would further interrupt that. Riders returned to the track with just two minutes left on the clock, allowing an outlap and two fliers at the end and it was fruitful for O’Halloran, who was the only rider to better his time in the closing stages, his first lap moved him up to fourth, before his second improved his time but not position.

After six weeks of no track time, the #1 of Tarran Mackenzie finally rolled out of pit lane for a 2022 free practice session but after an intensive recovery, it was a case of ‘steady away’ for the reigning champion. Spending his time getting comfortable on the bike, the 26-year-old was just 1.2 seconds off in the opening session of the day. He rounded out the timesheets 17th, 1.6 seconds from the top.

It was also a strong start to the weekend for Edwards 1902 Yamaha Superstock rider Tim Neave, who was second on the combined timesheets at the end of the day. His time of 1’07.389 was just 0.137 seconds off the top of the timesheets.

The opening races for the weekend take place tomorrow afternoon with lights out for the Superstock race at 15:40 and the Superbike race at 16:30.

Jason O'Halloran

FP

4th

“I’m really pleased with today, we started this morning and we were quite fast straightaway. We’ve been working through some things and made some adjustments for this afternoon and felt comfortable, the session got stopped due to rain so we only got a couple of laps in but I improved my time at the end and felt strong so if we can work on that I am really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Tarran Mackenzie

FP

17th

“I’m happy with how today as gone. We didn’t know what to expect coming into the weekend as it’s been so long since I’ve ridden. My general feeling on the bike is good and my ankle feels OK, every lap I do I’m getting more and more comfortable so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

Tim Neave

Edwards 1902 Superstock

FP

2nd

“Today went really well, the bike is feeling good round here and the lap time we did in FP2 is faster than I’ve been around here before. As always, qualifying will be important, if we can get on those first couple of rows then I am feeling very confident for the race.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“It’s been a good first day, Jason is looking strong. There wasn’t a lot of track time in that second session so for him to go quicker was impressive, almost like a superpole lap! Tarran had a good day too, there were no expectations coming here so it’s just nice to have him back, he’s comfortable and he knows when to push and when not to – I think he will have a good weekend. Tim continues to shine on the Edwards 1902 stocker, it was a very strong first day for him so I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do tomorrow.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, SUPERPICKS Free Practice combined times:

Pos Rider Time Bike
1 Bradley Ray 1:05.497 Yamaha
2 Kyle Ryde 1:05.820 Yamaha
3 Lee Jackson 1:05.905 Kawasaki
4 Jason O'Halloran 1:05.952 Yamaha
5 Rory Skinner 1:06.137 Kawasaki
6 Glenn Irwin 1:06.212 Honda
7 Peter Hickman 1:06.259 BMW
8 Danny Kent 1:06.278 Suzuki
9 Tommy Bridewell 1:06.310 Ducati
17th Tarran Mackenzie 1:07.128 Yamaha

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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