O'Halloran Returns to the Top Step for McAMS Yamaha at Donington Park

O'Halloran Returns to the Top Step for McAMS Yamaha at Donington Park

There was jubilation in the McAMS Yamaha garage at Donington Park on Sunday as Jason O’Halloran took the team’s first victory since Thruxton last year in a stunning Race 2 display.

After the disappointment of Saturday’s Bike Social Sprint Race, in which a strange tyre issue saw the Australian drop through the pack and finish 14th, O’Halloran was keen to make amends on Sunday.

Switching to the harder, SC0 tyre, which was always in the plan for the longer race, O’Halloran was in the mix from the off, settling into fourth place knowing tyre conservation would be key. Closing in on the leading trio, O’Halloran was feeling comfortable but a safety car intervention with five laps to go changed the scenario slightly.

Knowing the pack would be brought together, O’Halloran went on the attack as the race resumed. After an intense battle for the lead, he took the lead with three laps to go and despite some pressure from Ryan Vickers, he was able to lead to the line to take his first win of 2023.

Starting third in the final race, hopes were high for a repeat performance however a overheating issue hampered the R1’s top speed, limiting O’Hallorans chances. Despite this, he hung on to the leading group throughout the race but was only able to cross the line seventh.

Rookie Tim Neave crashed out of the second race after contact with another rider bent his brake lever. Not realising, Neave reached for the brake into Coppice. Managing to get it back down and apply some brake, he managed to slow but not before he’d hit the gravel, crashing out of contention. This then hampered him in race three, where he crossed the line 16th.

O’Halloran’s results move him up to sixth in the championship, 49 points behind series leader Tommy Bridewell.

The team now heads to Knockhill for a two day test on 30-31 May before Round 4 of the championship takes place at the Scottish Circuit between 16-18 June.

Jason O'Halloran

Race 2


Race 3




“I’m really chuffed to get our first win of the year, it’s obviously been a bit of a rollercoaster these first three rounds but we know we’ve had the speed, we’ve just had to put it together. I settled into the race really well, the safety car came out and then we made the most of the last four or five laps and managed to get our first win of the year. I’m disappointed with the last race, I felt like we had good speed and the bike felt good but we had an overheating issue which hurt our straight line speed. I’m sure the guys will get on top of that and fix it for the next one. All in all a positive weekend, three finishes, competitive throughout and our first win of the year.”

Tim Neave

Race 2


Race 3




“It’s been a tough weekend and things didn’t go to plan. This has always been a favourite track of mine and I guess I expected more than that. I had an unfortunate crash in this morning’s race which wasn’t my fault; I got my front brake lever caught after some contact with another rider and when I went for the brake before the next corner the lever wasn’t there as it was facing the sky, so I ran into the gravel trap and crashed. I went down hard on my shoulder and I knew from the start of the final race it was going to be a long race as I was struggling. But, we managed to make it to the end, we’re in one piece so roll on the next one.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“We said after Oulton Park that the bad weekends make the good ones feel better, and that rung true this weekend – the emotion in the garage when Jason took the win in Race 2 was incredible, especially to take victory in such a fantastic race. Unfortunately we had a bit of an issue with the bike in the final race that meant we couldn’t fight for the win. Tim’s had a tough weekend, but there have been signs of progress for him. We’ve got a two day test at Knockhill before we go there for Round 4, so that’ll be a chance to get on top of things.”

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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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