O'Halloran doubles up with dominant display in Scotland

O'Halloran doubles up with dominant display in Scotland

Jason O’Halloran stormed to a sensational Scottish double at Knockhill on Sunday, taking two commanding victories on his McAMS Yamaha R1.

The Australian had never won at the circuit before, but a strong second place on Saturday set him up for an even better Sunday. Starting fourth on the grid, O’Halloran sat third in the early stages but looked comfortable. A safety car intervention neutralised the race around mid-distance, and when racing resumed O’Halloran looked ready to pounce. A brave move into the Hairpin saw him take second, before moving into the lead a couple of laps later, holding the gap at around 0.7 seconds to take his first Knockhill win.

It was a strong second race for Tarran Mackenzie too, having missed Saturday’s opener, the reigning champion had to start from 29th on the grid but a barnstorming performance saw him break into the top ten by the end of the race.

O’Halloran had earned himself a front row start for the final race of the weekend and he didn’t let it go to waste. He again settled into third in the early stages and when Rory Skinner crashed out of the lead, he sat on the tail of Brad Ray’s R1 for two third of the race looking comfortable, before pouncing at the hairpin with five laps to go and pulling a 0.9 second lead to take his second successive double win.

Starting tenth on the grid, Mackenzie dropped back to 12th in the early stages as he struggled with grip, but a sudden improvement saw him fight through the field to a strong eighth place to take more valuable points as he looks to recover from missing the opening two rounds.

O’Halloran’s Scottish success sees him close the gap in the championship to just 16 points, while in the all-important podium points he is just four behind Ray. Mackenzie now sits 15th in the standings 45 points off a spot in the Showdown top eight.

The 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship resumes at Brands Hatch on 22-24 July.

Jason O'Halloran

Race 2

1st

Race 2

1st

C'ship

2nd

“It’s been an incredible weekend, yesterday I was absolutely buzzing with second. This isn’t the best track for me, but I enjoyed the race yesterday and I was looking forward to today. The guys have done a great job with the bike, improved it a bit off the back of yesterday and it felt incredible and managed to get another pair of wins. We’ve had four wins in the last six races, six podiums from six races and we are closing down the podium points and championship leads. An awesome couple of weekends, I’m feeling super strong in the races, in complete control and I can’t wait to keep progressing and getting stronger as the season moves on.”

Tarran Mackenzie

Race 2

10th

Race 3

8th

C'ship

15th

“It’s obviously been a tough weekend, Friday we had some issues and Saturday was Saturday. We knew it would be tough starting from so far back on the grid in Race 2 but I felt good on the bike and felt I could get through the pack quite easily so I was pretty happy. I was looking forward to starting further up in Race 3 but the first few laps weren’t great, I felt like I didn’t have a lot of grip but then it sort of came to me and I managed to make my way through a bit, I’d have liked to finish a bit higher up but all points count at this stage.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“Another incredible ride from Jason. I have to say, that was very impressive. Knockhill has never been his best track and to be honest, it’s never been ours – until today it was the only track on the calendar where we hadn’t won, so for Jason to do the double is remarkable. It shows how far both he and the team have come with the bike – we dominated in 2021 and even then we didn’t win at Knockhill, so this is huge for us. It was a challenging weekend for Tarran, but in the end he was able to take some valuable points which is the most important thing.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Knockhill, Race 2 result:

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

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Knockhill, Race 3 result:

Pos Rider Team Bike
1 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
2 Bradley Ray RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha
3 Lee Jackson FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki
4 Danny Buchan SYNETIQ BMW MOTORRAD BMW
5 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati
6 Glenn Irwin Honda Racing Honda
7 Josh Brookes MCE Ducati Ducati
8 Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
9 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha
10 Tom Sykes MCE Ducati Ducati
  • Tarran 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

New Team Clothing

Show your support for the team