Second for O'Halloran in Knockhill Opener

Second for O'Halloran in Knockhill Opener

Jason O’Halloran took a strong second place in the opening race at the fourth round of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Knockhill, matching his best-ever result at the scratchy Scottish track.

Having topped Friday’s running, the Australian was feeling confident for Saturday and after a strong final practice, he went on to fight for pole position in Qualifying 2, missing out by just 0.005 seconds to Bradley Ray.

It was a tough morning for reigning champion Tarran Mackenzie, who slipped off at the second turn in the final free practice session. The #1 rider was unhurt, but his R1 sustained significant garage leading to a full team effort to repair it ahead of Qualifying 1. Getting out for the session, Mackenzie was looking strong and had just topped the session when he lost the front at turn one. Again unhurt, the same couldn’t be said for his R1 and this time the damage would prove too much with the team unable to repair it in time for the afternoon’s race meaning the 26-year-old had to watch from the sidelines.

Getting a strong launch from the front row of the grid, O’Halloran slotted into second in the early stages before dropping back to third. He’d then move back to second, but the gap to Ray out front would prove insurmountable in the closing stages. Nevertheless he was happy to come home with his second ever rostrum at Knockhill.

O’Halloran will start tomorrow’s second race from fourth on the grid while Mackenzie will have to start from 30th position after missing Friday’s action.

Jason O'Halloran

Qualifying

2nd

Race

2nd

C'ship

2nd

“To be honest I am over the moon, I really enjoyed the race. Brad was a little bit faster than us in that one but I am happy with the pace we had. I had a bit of a fight with Rory at the start and lost a bit of time, when I managed to get back by I managed to build a gap and rode my own race. I’m sure we can make some improvements for tomorrow, we’ve only been tweaking the bike this weekend but I think we can make some improvements tomorrow and see if we can up the pace. But that being said, I’m really happy to be on the podium as this has never been the best track for me.”

Tarran Mackenzie

Qualifying

16th

Race

DNS

C'ship

15th

“It’s been a tough day! This morning I crashed at turn two and the boys re-built the bike for Qualifying and I was feeling good, but I tried something different and it didn’t quite pay off and I tucked the front at turn one. Unfortunately the bike suffered quite a bit of damage, so sorry to the team as they worked hard to get it out for qualifying and then had to work even harder to try and make the race. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible, but it is what it is. We’ll have to start from the back tomorrow but I’ll give it my all to get the best result I can as well as a better grid spot for the third race.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“That was a great ride from Jason. It was so windy today, which made a tricky circuit even more challenging so to bring it home in second is a brilliant result. He’s in a great place at the moment so hopefully we can get two more strong finishes tomorrow and continue to build our attack. It’s been a challenging day for the other side of the garage, but that’s motorcycle racing! The good thing is Tarran is OK and will be racing tomorrow – so hopefully we can have a solid first race for him and look at attacking further in Race 3.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Knockhill, eBay Sprint Race result:

Pos Rider Team Bike
1 Bradley Ray RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha
2 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
3 Rory Skinner FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki
4 Lee Jackson FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki
5 Danny Buchan SYNETIQ BMW MOTORRAD BMW
6 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha
7 Glenn Irwin Honda Racing Honda
8 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati
9 Storm Stacey GR Motorsport Kawasaki
DNS Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
  • Jason Knockhill

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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