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Donington BSB test: O'Halloran fastest in final pre-season outing

McAMS Yamaha's Jason O'Halloran topped the times in the final Bennetts British Superbike test ahead of the opening round later this month.

The Australian rider snatched the top spot on his final lap of the day to bring a thrilling end to pre-season testing in front of the returning fans at Donington Park.

O’Halloran had been at the top of the times during the early stages of the final session ahead of Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin, but with 20 minutes remaining Christian Iddon had moved into second.


The final ten minutes of the test produced a flurry of faster laps and Danny Kent, who had topped the opening session for Buildbase Suzuki, had moved to the top of the times with just over eight minutes remaining on the clock.

O’Halloran then reclaimed the position just seconds later as Glenn Irwin moved back into second place, but the order didn’t remain for long as Kyle Ryde fired the Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW ahead with four minutes remaining.

It wasn’t over however, and Tarran Mackenzie leapt up the order to post the benchmark time as the session approached the final two minutes. The McAMS Yamaha rider though wasn’t going to remain fastest and his teammate left his best until last, as O’Halloran posted his final lap of the day which was enough to put him 0.184s clear at the top.

Ryde held onto third place at the chequered flag, narrowly holding off Glenn Irwin with Kent completing the top five. The Buildbase Suzuki rider edged out defending champion Josh Brookes into sixth place as five different manufactures featured in the top six positions.

Christian Iddon was seventh fastest on the second of the VisionTrack Ducatis with Gino Rea, Lee Jackson and Peter Hickman completing the top ten.

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