McAMS Yamaha boss Steve Rodgers says he has ‘no regrets’ about his decision to withdraw his team from the British Superbike Championship [BSB] as the title-winning outfit completed its swansong outing at Brands Hatch.
The Merseyside-based outfit came just +0.015s shy of ensuring one last race-winning trophy for the cabinet after Jason O’Halloran was out-sprinted to the finish line in the Sprint Race by fellow Yamaha racer Kyle Ryde.
Returning on Sunday aboard a bike resplendent in a black and green tribute livery, O’Halloran was in contention for victory in race two before suffering a fast crash at Surtees and going on to finish seventh in the last encounter.
The results brings an end to the McAMS title-sponsored Raceways team’s participation in BSB, during which time it has competed as Yamaha’s nominated factory partner since 2017, won 46 races and clinched the 2021 BSB Riders’ title with Tarran Mackenzie.
“Well, that’s that! That’s the end of our story, and you know what? It feels like the time is right. There are no regrets, we’ve had an incredible journey and made lifelong memories. Thanks to everyone who has made it possible and good luck to every single member of the team for the future
Reflecting on the performances of his riders, Rodgers paid tribute to O’Halloran - who joins FS-3 Kawasaki for the 2024 BSB season - for his five years of service and thanked Niccolo Canepa for his feedback during his two-event outing.
“It’s a shame Jason crashed as he was riding so well, I think the way he rode at Donington and in the first race on Saturday are among his very best wins on the R1, but this is racing and winning isn’t easy!
“Still, we have achieved a lot together. He’s won more races for this team than any other rider and I’d like to thank him for everything over the last five years and wish him all the best in his new adventure.
“It was always going to be difficult for Niccolo with the weather as there was just no consistency in conditions for him to be able to improve.
“Still, he showed us his class and exactly why Yamaha employ him as test rider – his feedback is second to none and I’ve no doubt if he spent some more time in BSB he’d be able to fight up the front.”