Challenging Sprint for McAMS Yamaha at Oulton Park

Challenging Sprint for McAMS Yamaha at Oulton Park

Jason O’Halloran managed to salvage eighth in what was a challenging Bike Social Sprint Race on Saturday at Oulton Park while team-mate Luke Stapleford crashed out at the mid-race point despite having made strong progress early on.

O’Halloran’s side of the garage have been working hard through the opening days of the meeting to find a comfortable setting for the Aussie, with the lap time not coming as easily for the 26-time race winner as it has at Oulton Park in the past.

After qualifying seventh for the opening race of the weekend, the team made some quite significant changes to O’Halloran’s R1 in the race and while it gave him a lot more from the front end, an inexplicable issue with the rear of the bike made it difficult for O’Halloran to make progress. He would eventually cross the line in eighth place.

Having impressed so far in his one-off ride with the team, Luke Stapleford was looking forward to the race, which he’d start 15th after breaking into the 1’34s at Oulton Park for the first time in his career in Qualifying. He’d lose some places at the start to cross the line 19th on lap one, but made a remarkable recovery and was up into 13th by lap four. Looking comfortable, progression towards the top ten was on the cards but a small mistake at Shell Oils hairpin saw him crash out of the race unhurt.

PBM Ducati’s Glenn Irwin took the race win in a fitting tribute to team owner and friend of McAMS Yamaha Paul Bird, who tragically passed away earlier this month after a short illness.

O’Halloran now sits 66.5 points back in the championship hunt while his lap time from the opening race will see him start eighth with Stapleford lining up 13th.

Jason O'Halloran

McAMS Yamaha



Race 1


“That wasn’t a great race to be honest. We are struggling with the feeling a bit this weekend, it’s probably the hardest I’ve had to work around here. I’ve got quite a weird feeling at the rear of the bike and whatever we do we can’t seem to get rid of it, so we really need to sit down and try to understand why. Hopefully we can make some improvement for tomorrow.”

Luke Stapleford

McAMS Yamaha



Race 1


“I know it’s a strange thing to say when you’ve had a tip off but I felt really comfortable in that race. I don’t think I did too much wrong, maybe it was a case of trying to make progress too soon – I just picked the throttle up slightly too early and lost the rear. It’s just one of those things, I don’t think our speed is too bad, we’re a bit further up the grid tomorrow so hopefully we can get dragged along with some of the faster guys and have some good results.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“Those weren’t the results we were hoping for! It’s just not working for Jason this weekend for some reason and we need to understand why – there’s definitely something not quite right as the gap to the front is way bigger than it would normally be. Luke has really impressed me this weekend, he’s been making really good progress and was looking strong in the race until the small mistake, but these things happen and we are pretty confident he can make up for that tomorrow. I’d just like to add that I was really pleased to see Glenn take the win for PBM in the first race since Paul’s passing. I considered Paul a friend and his passing is hugely sad; but winning was what made him tick so for Glenn to win for him today was the perfect tribute.”

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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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