No Donington Fairytale for McAMS Yamaha

No Donington Fairytale for McAMS Yamaha

There was no fairy tale ending for the McAMS Yamaha team at Donington Park this weekend as Jason O’Halloran was unfortunately unable to build upon Saturday’s impressive pole position and second place in Sunday’s two races.

Confidence was high for race two despite O’Halloran riding battered and bruised, but a set-up change with the R1 proved unbeneficial and he struggled for rear grip throughout the 20 lap race. Losing places at the start, he was unable to pick through the pack until the closing stages when he made his way up to fifth but unfortunately got caught up at the final turn and dropped back to seventh.

Securing a front row start for the final race after setting the third quickest lap time despite his lack of grip, O’Halloran got a steady start in the final race of the weekend settling into fifth on the opening lap but a red flag brought the race to a halt at the end of the first circulation.

On the restart, he got a stronger launch and was sat in third before taking Brad Ray for second before making an attempt on Tom Sykes for the lead at Melbourne Loop. While the pass was successful, he ran wide on exit allowing Sykes back past and the lack of drive allowed Glenn Irwin to dive up the inside at Goddards. Losing another position, O’Halloran ended up in a scrap with Andrew Irwin but eventually broke free.

He would again attempt a pass on Sykes at Melbourne Loop, but in a little deep, his rear wheel came into the air and landed awkwardly, meaning he couldn’t stop for the corner and hit Sykes’ rear wheel in an uncharacteristic mistake. Launched off his R1, O’Halloran took another battering but was released from the medical centre shortly after the race. He’d taken a knock to his thumb, ankle and face but was otherwise OK. Sykes remained on his machine, but was forced to retire following the impact.

O’Halloran visited the double race winner immediately after leaving the medical centre to apologise to Sykes and his team, which was instantly accepted with the pair shaking hands.

Unable to capitalise on a front row start, Tim Neave finished eighth in the second National Superstock race.

Jason O'Halloran

Race 2


Race 3


“Gutted doesn’t cover it. I’m really sorry to Tom and the PBM Team, they had a mega weekend and it certainly wasn’t my intention to hit him. This morning we went the wrong way with the bike and I had no rear grip but we made some changes for the final race and I was feeling really good. Unfortunately I went wide when I first took the lead and that led to me getting beat up a bit and I lost a lot of ground fighting with Andrew. The leaders were getting away so I wanted to get to them, I went for a pass on Tom and unfortunately the rear came up, I was in a little deep and when it landed it just meant I couldn’t avoid him. I’m glad he stayed on but very sorry to have ruined his race. Fortunately I’m okay, a bit more battered but we should be good for Brands.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“When it rains it pours at the minute! We were hopeful for a strong Sunday after Jason’s performance on Saturday but it wasn’t meant to be. Fortunately he’s relatively OK as that was a nasty crash. It’s very uncharacteristic for Jason to make a mistake that results in contact with another rider, so we’re sorry to Tom and the PBM team for taking him out of the race on what has been a great weekend for them. The hard times make the good times feel better, so we’ll look to end the season on a high at Brands in two weeks time. Our thoughts are also with Chrissy Rouse, who we wish a quick and speedy recovery.”

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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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