McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran had a steady weekend at Silverstone as he got his 2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) campaign underway.
Many people’s pre-season favourite, O'Halloran ticked the points over by taking a best finish of fourth to end the first three races in fifth overall in the early championship table.
With no dry testing, both the Australian and the team were a little bit on the back foot coming into the weekend as they looked to refine the electronics package with the new specification of R1 engine.
“Saturday was the first long run we’ve done this year, so we needed to get that race under our belt,” said O’Halloran. “We knew coming into Saturday’s race that we didn’t quite know what we had for the whole race, but we had good speed and pace and I felt really comfortable for the majority it.”
“I was able to lead a lot of it and we were fast enough but we just had to refine the setting for Sunday’s longer races."
O'Halloran expects stronger BSB Oulton Park show
Changes were duly made, including tweaks to the chassis, with Sunday’s races panned out in a similar manner with O’Halloran running comfortably in the leading pack.
Indeed, he again led a number of laps in the final race of the weekend but ultimately, didn’t have enough for the final third of either race and had to settle for fourth and fifth place finishes albeit only a second off the victory each time.
“The weekend hasn’t been too bad,” he said at the conclusion of the meeting. “I felt pretty good in myself and felt like I was riding well and I was in the front group in all of the races.”
“We’re just struggling a little bit with a few things so we have to keep working at it. We’ve got a test coming up this week at Oulton so we need to work through a few things as quick as we can and turn up to the second round with the hope of being a bit stronger.”
O'Halloran holds down fifth in the early championship reckoning - CLICK HERE for the full points' standings after Round 1 of 11