The opening test of the 2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship proved to be a frustrating one for the McAMS Yamaha team with poor weather conditions limiting track time at Donington Park.
The 2021 champions only ventured out for one of the first five sessions with heavy rainfall on Saturday and a wet start combined with Baltic conditions meaning the track took an age to dry on Sunday. With track temperatures getting colder, the team made the decision to call it a day before the final Sunday session.
Both Jason O’Halloran and rookie team-mate Tim Neave were able to spin some laps on Sunday afternoon, despite conditions being far from optimal with low track temperatures and some damp patches still out on track.
Keen to spin laps in his first proper test, Tim Neave headed out for some installation laps so the technical team could carry out some fuelling tasks, remaining on his wet tyres for all of his five laps.
With two bikes to test, Jason O’Halloran spent more time on circuit – checking everything was ok on both machines. With his 2022 bike all good, O’Halloran completed a further few runs on the 2023-spec engine so electronics engineer Tim Seed could refine the fuelling ahead of the next test at Silverstone. The Australian completed 14 laps in total.