Jason O’Halloran’s Oulton Park jinx continued at the weekend with crashes in the first two British Superbike Championship races seeing him add to his collection of bumps and bruises picked up at the Cheshire venue.
After a solid performance in the wet qualifying session, where he placed fifth, it all began to unravel for the McAMS Yamaha rider – who suffered two big crashes at Druids last year when the Showdown got underway – in Sunday’s Sprint race when he highsided spectacularly exiting Cascades.
“Saturday was obviously tricky with the conditions but I felt quite good in qualifying. We chose the right tyres and I was building up nicely but, unfortunately, when we were on track for pole on the last lap there were yellow flags at the last corner so I had to roll off,” he said.
“I was feeling confident ahead of the race and felt good in the early stages but crashed on a damp patch at turn three. I grazed my finger slightly which was lucky as it was quite a big crash!"
Monday started even worse for O’Halloran when he again crashed at Cascades, this time on the first lap, losing the front on the way in and sideswiping the unlucky Josh Owens in the process.
That put him back in 17th on the grid for the final race where a last lap, last corner pass on Dean Harrison saw him claim tenth for his first finish at Oulton in six races.
“I’m glad that weekend is over! The crash in Sunday’s race put me further back on the grid and it’s always so tricky here to make progress in the early laps and, unfortunately, I went down at turn three again.”
“For the final race, I was even further back on the grid and I didn’t want the same to happen again, so I got through the first few laps and we then made progress. It’s not been ideal, but it’s a long season – we’ll regroup and go again at Donington Park.”
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