Frustrating Sprint Race for McAMS Yamaha at Donington

Frustrating Sprint Race for McAMS Yamaha at Donington

The McAMS Yamaha team were left frustrated after a disappointing Bike Social Sprint Race in Round 3 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park.

After placing no lower than third throughout free practice, the team had high hopes for Australia’s Jason O’Halloran who put in an impressive race run on the softer ‘X’ tyre in FP3.

As the exciting one lap ‘Superpole’ qualifying format returned, O’Halloran continued to perform, setting the third quickest lap to earn his first front row start of the year.

The Donington Park Grand Prix track was fully resurfaced over the winter and the new asphalt is super grippy and abrasive, so there was concern about tyre life ahead of the opening race of the weekend. However, O’Halloran’s pace on the soft option SCX tyre over distance in FP3 led to the team choosing this for the race while most of the grid opted for the harder SC0.

Despite a strong launch, the Aussie suffered from a mysterious lack of grip from the off, leaving the team scratching their heads as they’d changed nothing on the bike and the track temperature was the same as during his run earlier in the day. He will start tomorrow’s second race from fifth.

Dropping through the field throughout the race, O’Halloran’s afternoon was then made worse after an aggressive move from another rider sent him off the track on the final lap, meaning he’d cross the line 14th.

After qualifying 24th, Tim Neave was able to pick off eight places to finish 16th as he continues to learn and take steps in his rookie year.

Jason O'Halloran

Race 1


“That’s frustrating. I felt comfortable from the very start of the weekend and we’ve not been out of the top three in any session. We made a choice to go with the soft tyre as we’d done a really good race run on it earlier in the day, we knew it was a gamble but in the sense that it might not last the whole race, but I had no grip from lap one so that was really strange. The team will look into the data to try and understand what happened.”

Tim Neave

Race 1


“I’m not very happy to be honest as I felt like I should have been into the points there, I felt really good but we had some issues that were holding me back so it was frustrating not to go quicker than I had in qualifying. Still, we made up some good places and I’ve improved my grid position for tomorrow so we’ll try again then.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“That was a really disappointing Sprint Race for us. Jason has been quick all weekend and the runs he’d done earlier today on the soft tyre in FP3 and FP4 were all very good, for him to have no grip from the very start of the race is most peculiar. They made no changes to the bike, the track temperature was the same – it doesn’t make a lot of sense so we’ll have to look into what went wrong and try again tomorrow.”

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2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Pos Rider Team Bike PTS
1 Glenn Irwin PBM Ducati Ducati 360.5
2 Tommy Bridewell PBM Ducati Ducati 360
3 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 300
4 Leon Haslam ROKiT BMW Motorrad Team BMW 283
5 Lee Jackson FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 280.5
6 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 276.5
7 Josh Brookes FHO Racing BMW 250
8 Christian Iddon Oxford Ducati Ducati 222
9 Ryan Vickers OMG Racing Yamaha 207
10 Charlie Nesbitt Hawk Racing Honda 122.5

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