Jason O’Halloran was on the pace as pre-season testing came to its conclusion at a soggy Silverstone, competing for the top of the timesheets on the final day of testing despite only having limited laps under his belt.
Testing was a challenging affair for the team with all four days wet, limiting running for O’Halloran and rookie team-mate Tim Neave. Weighing up risk versus reward, they sat out most of the Donington test before hitting the track at Silverstone, mainly on the second day with conditions at least warmer if not drier.
O’Halloran was able to evaluate the new engine spec in the wet and a couple of other components. With two bikes in the garage for O’Halloran to allow him to back-to-back different specs, the Australian instantly felt comfortable on both bikes and with Silverstone traditionally a strong track for the R1, the team are feeling confident ahead of the opening round next weekend and will seek to further evaluate the new components at the Oulton Park test later in April.
Tim Neave’s pre-season was all about getting up to speed on the bike. The team barely touched a click on his R1 as he lapped in the wet, getting more and more comfortable as the sessions went on. Comfortable on the bike and with nothing to test, he sat out of the final session at Silverstone having lapped competitively in the penultimate outing prior to a red flag bringing the session to an early end.
O’Halloran returned to the track for one final session ending the day second quickest overall with a lap time of 59.321 but more crucially feeling strong on the bike.
The team return to the track at Silverstone next weekend for the opening round of the 2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship.