The Showdown Beckons as McAMS Yamaha Head to Oulton Park

The Showdown Beckons as McAMS Yamaha Head to Oulton Park

McAMS Yamaha head to Oulton Park for what is set to be an emotional final ‘home round’ ahead of the team’s retirement from the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at the end of the 2023 season.

Oulton Park is just an hour away from both the team’s Fleetwood base at Raceways Motorcycles and the HQ of title sponsor McAMS in Ormskirk and with key team figures living just a couple of miles down the road, it’s always been a special round for the team.

And while the traditional BSB ‘Showdown’ format has been replaced, there’s no less pressure over the final three rounds with more points on the table than the first eight rounds – it’s all to play for with Jason O’Halloran sitting fourth in the championship standings just 54.5 points off the series leader.

With 25 points back on the table per win at each of the next two rounds and this ramping further up to 35 points for the finale at Brands Hatch, the team are well and truly in the title hunt in their swansong season.

Oulton Park hasn’t been particularly kind for O’Halloran over the last two years, but the Australian has been fast during each visit despite the lack of results and the Cheshire venue remains his second-most successful track with five Oulton Park wins to his name on the Yamaha R1.

The team also returns to two riders for the Oulton Park weekend as 2015 British Supersport Champion Luke Stapleford joins the squad for a one-off appearance. Stapleford got his first taste of the McAMS R1 in a shakedown test at Oulton Park two weeks ago but has superbike experience at the Cheshire circuit after standing in for Ryan Vickers at OMG Yamaha earlier this year.

Jason O'Halloran

McAMS Yamaha



“The last three rounds are where things start to get serious as the points start to ramp up and there’s a lot still on the table. We’re definitely in the fight, but a strong start this weekend will be important. Oulton Park hasn’t been the kindest to us results wise in the last couple of years, but despite the finishing positions, we have been fast each time we’ve been there. I’ve won five races at Oulton on the Yamaha, so we know things work around there. Fingers crossed the weather plays ball and we can have a strong start to the new-look ‘Showdown’.”

Luke Stapleford

McAMS Yamaha

“I’m really excited to be riding the McAMS Yamaha at Oulton Park and feel privileged to have been asked to stand in. We managed to get some laps in at Oulton on a practice day which will save us some time in FP1 and allow us to crack straight on with the job. I’ll be honest, after riding the bike I can’t stop smiling!

“I know just how difficult it will be with the depth of the field in BSB but having ridden the bike already I am confident we can do a respectable job. I’d like to say a massive thanks to Steve and Chris for thinking of me and I can’t wait to get to the race meeting!”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“We are looking forward to getting going at Oulton this weekend, it’ll be a sad one as it’s our last home round! It’s been a good circuit for us in the past; it was where Jason took his first win for the team and he’s won five races here so there’s no reason we can’t get ourselves right in that title fight this weekend.

“Oulton Park is one of the most technical and challenging circuits on the BSB calendar and riding a Superbike isn’t easy at the best of times, so we wanted to find someone who had experience of riding a Superbike at Oulton Park. Considering everything, Luke did a solid job for OMG earlier this year, finishing all three races and improving throughout the weekend, so he was the perfect option for us. We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do. It’s a one-round only deal as we already had plans in place for the final two meetings.”

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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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