McAMS Yamaha Keen to Extend Advantage at Party in the Park

McAMS Yamaha Keen to Extend Advantage at Party in the Park

Championship leaders McAMS Yamaha will look to further extend their advantage as the Bennetts British Superbike Championship returns to Cadwell Park this weekend for the seventh round of the 2022 season.

Returning to its traditional Bank Holiday date, strong crowds are expected at the ‘Party in the Park’ and all eyes are on the Raceways Motorcycles run McAMS Yamaha effort after an incredible run of form has seen them unbeaten in the last eight races and having had both riders on the rostrum in the last six including five 1-2 finishes across the Brands Hatch and Thruxton events.

Having taken seven wins and finishing no lower than third in the last 12 races, Jason O’Halloran leads the championship standings by 24 points over fellow Yamaha rider Bradley Ray. O’Halloran scored three rostrum finishes at Cadwell Park last year including an exciting victory in the final race. While an Australian, O’Halloran has lived in Lincolnshire for well over a decade, so the circuit, located in the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds is what he considers a home track. Already confirmed in the Showdown, he’ll be looking to add to his podium points tally this weekend.

Team-mate Tarran Mackenzie will be looking to continue his resurgence. The reigning champion had a somewhat tumultuous start to the 2022 season, breaking both his ankles in separate incidents, but has since fought back strongly with six consecutive podiums and three wins from the last two rounds. Cadwell has been one of Mackenzie’s more challenging tracks in recent years, but riding the crest of the wave, he’s keen to see that corrected this weekend.

Theweekend will also pose another new challenge for the Superbike riders as for one round only, the iconic ‘Superpole’ qualifying format returns. The top 12 riders from Free Practice will earn an automatic place in the new Superpole and given just one lap to set a lap time to earn their place on the grid for Sunday’s opening race.

It’s also a huge weekend for Tim Neave and the Edwards 1902 Yamaha team, with both Tim and Edwards 1902 based just a short drive from the Cadwell Park circuit. Returning from injury last time out at Thruxton, the Lincolnshire rider was left frustrated as a technical issue meant he couldn’t achieve his true potential but is keen to bounce back at Cadwell Park this weekend.

The Bank Holiday weekend means practice gets underway on Saturday morning with Qualifying/Superpole and the opening race on Sunday before the final races of the weekend on Bank Holiday Monday, when the McAMS Yamaha team will be joined by the PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK riders Toprak Razgatlioglu and Andrea Locatelli for moral support.

Jason O'Halloran

Championship: 1st (331 points)

I really enjoy riding at Cadwell Park, it’s unlike any other track in the UK and probably one of my favourite circuits on the calendar. Last year we had two seconds and a win, which was one of my most enjoyable wins of the year as it came at what I’d consider my home track. I might be an Aussie but Lincolnshire has been my home for a long time now! We’ve had a good run these last few races, we haven’t been off the podium in the last 12 races. The plan has to be to continue that with the focus on podium points to put us in the strongest position possible to fight for the title over the last three rounds which are approaching very fast!

Tarran Mackenzie

Championship: 7th (170 points)

“After Thruxton, I’m really looking forward to Cadwell this weekend. I feel like I’m riding as good as I ever have at the minute, the McAMS Yamaha R1 is feeling great at every track we go to so even though Cadwell has its own unique challenges, I think I’m in a good place with myself and the bike. A good, solid weekend is the priority – Thruxton really strengthened our position in the Showdown so to add to that would be good and if we can get any podium points for the championship fight then that would be great!”

Tim Neave

Edwards 1902 Yamaha - National Superstock

“While it was great to be back on the bike at Thruxton, we definitely didn’t fulfil our potential as I think we could have had a good result there. Straight after Thruxton we tested at Cadwell and I felt really good on the bike, it’s my home round and a track I have always enjoyed riding. I’m looking forward to getting out there and we’ll definitely be looking for a strong result.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“Cadwell is one of the more unique tracks on the BSB calendar, nothing like anywhere else we go. It’s almost like two different circuits rolled in to one so it poses quite the challenge when it comes to set-up. We had a good weekend there last year with three podiums including a win for Jason. It’s been a bit trickier for Taz in the past but with the way he’s riding at the minute you never know. It’ll be good to see Tim back out after another two weeks to improve his strength and fitness, it’s his home round so it’ll be great to see what he can achieve.”

2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Pos Rider Team Bike PTS
1 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 0
2 Tim Neave McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 0
3 Glenn Irwin PBM Ducati Ducati 0
4 Tommy Bridewell PBM Ducati Ducati 0
5 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 0
6 Ryan Vickers OMG Racing Yamaha 0
7 Josh Brookes FHO Racing BMW 0
8 Peter Hickman FHO Racing BMW BMW 0
9 Jack Kennedy Mar-Train Racing Yamaha Yamaha 0
10 Christian Iddon Oxford Ducati Ducati 0

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