O'Halloran continues Honda BSB testing

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Following on from their recent highly successful wildcard appearance in the MCE British Superbike Championship, the reigning Honda Racing team have completed another test as they make plans to return to the series in 2015.

However, instead of Julien Da Costa, who took the bike to a highly credible fifth place finish at Snetterton, it was the team’s National Superstock 1000 rider Jason O’Halloran who jumped onto the highly developed machine campaigned by Ryuichi Kiyonari last season.

Riding on Monday at Knockhill, straight after finishing 4th in the Stock race there on Sunday, O’Halloran completed nearly two hundred laps of the short but technical Scottish track as the Lincolnshire team continue to work on engine and weight distribution changes to the bike.

Speaking afterwards, the Australian said: “It was a really positive day and I really enjoyed it. We managed to complete 168 laps of Knockhill and I feel I have been able to give some good feedback to the team from another perspective to add to Julien’s work from the pre-season test and also from Snetterton. I started the day with the Fireblade set-up how the team finished up at Snetterton and made some changes to make myself feel more comfortable.”

“We have been doing back-to-back comparisons with two bikes to test the new swinging arm and different shock settings which was really positive, then we ended the day with a long run which now gives the team more information to work with. I felt happy and comfortable to be back riding a Superbike again and I want to thank the team for the opportunity today to help them progress with their project.”

The team have three further wildcard appearances planned with Da Costa, riding at the Donington, Silverstone and concluding Brands Hatch rounds.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer