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SMT Honda's Jason O'Halloran put in two brilliant performances at Silverstone on Sunday finishing 7th and 10th in round 11 of the British Superbike Championship.

The Aussie was again seeing a circuit for the first time but rode superbly to give the team their first ever top-10 finishes in BSB and their best weekend of the year.
The 20-year old, the youngest rider in the field, showed great form right from the very first practice session, when he placed 10th and he carried this pace with him throughout the weekend. A time of 1m27.805s saw him claim 15th in the solitary qualifying session but having run tenth in all three of the free practice sessions, both the team and rider were feeling confident going in to Sunday's races.
It proved to be a terrific day for Jason and the SMT Honda team, and a faultless ride in the first 20-lap race saw him finish in 8th place, less than two tenths of a second adrift of seventh and ahead of both the offical Suzuki and Kawasaki riders. A great start in the second race saw him immediately move up the classification and, with another mature, and consistent ride, Jason successfully overhauled a number of riders to be rewarded with 11th place at the chequered flag.
However, Gary Mason, who had finished ahead of Jason in both races, was later disqualified thus promoting Jason to seventhth and tenthth, and so making an already excellent day even better. Speaking later, a delighted team owner Robin Croft said:
"It's been a very good day and I'm very happy with the performance of Jason and the team, and with the results we've achieved. We had a slight stumble in qualifying and ran out of time to get Jason higher than 15th but as he'd been 10th in all of the free practice sessions, we knew our pace was better than where we'd qualified so were hopeful for the races.
"Jason rode excellently and whilst there were a few mishaps for other riders in the first race, finishing races is the name of the game so we'll definitely take the seventh spot! He put in another great ride in the second race and he's getting more and more used to the bike and I'm delighted with how he's settled in to the team. It's been a fantastic day for us and we'll be looking for more of the same at Brands to finish the year on a high."
Jason will now return to Australia for the support races at next weekend's Australian GP but will return to the UK in time for the final round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on October 10-12.

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