Productive Friday for McAMS Yamaha at Oulton Park

Productive Friday for McAMS Yamaha at Oulton Park

The McAMS Yamaha team got straight to work at Oulton Park as round nine of the Bennetts British Superbike championship commenced. Jason O’Halloran ended the day’s two sessions in sixth whilst Luke Stapleford completed his debut with the team in 15th.

Making the most of the near-perfect conditions, O’Halloran got straight to work as he looked to improve the setting of his R1. Evaluating the feeling from the swingarm, which the team didn’t run in the visit to the Cheshire venue earlier this year, the Australian focussed on completing laps, ending the opening session seventh despite facing a few braking issues.

With a clear direction for the second session, the ‘O’Show’ immediately bettered his time. A change mid-way through the session gave him a bit more feeling, but despite still not at one with his R1, placed himself sixth fastest, just three-tenths adrift of the top time which bodes well for Saturday’s action. O’Halloran’s 1:34.578 sees him qualify directly for the Q2 shootout.

After completing a test day earlier in the month, Luke Stapleford hit the ground running on Friday as he looked to further improve his feeling with what is a new bike for the 32-year-old. A positive showing in the opening practice set the former Supersport race winner up for a productive afternoon and improved his time to a 1:35.767, placing him 15th in the combined times.

Action resumes on Saturday morning with final practice. Qualifying kicks off at 13.10 with lights out for the 12-lap BikeSocial sprint race at 16.15.

Jason O'Halloran

McAMS Yamaha



“Overall, not the best but not the worst day! We had a bit of an issue this morning and then worked through a few settings this afternoon and we’re struggling in a few areas. We’ve got a different swingarm compared to the start of the year which changes a few things, but we’ll look at improving that overnight. Saying that, the overall lap time was not too bad. We’ll have a look tonight and see where we can improve tomorrow.”

Luke Stapleford

McAMS Yamaha



“I’ve enjoyed every moment from today on the R1. The bike is a proven package and there’s no complaints from me! I feel at ease with the bike and the times are coming relatively easy. Having ridden mainly 600s, there’s a few things I need to learn so I’ll look at following a few riders tomorrow and see what I can pick up and get stuck in. Once again, thanks to Steve for the opportunity, it’s a real privilege to ride this machine!”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

‘It’s not been a bad day, Jason is lapping competitively but could have a better feeling with the bike so that’s something we need to improve – we’ll look at the data overnight and see how we can find a bit more. Luke has had a really good start, he’s only ridden a superbike a handful of times and has been mainly racing Supersport this year which is such a different style, yet he’s in the mix and not far off at all considering. We are impressed!’

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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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