BSB: O'Halloran becomes first Superpole crasher

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Jason O’Halloran became the first rider to crash on their one-lap Superpole flier at Brands today, missing out on what could have been pole position for the Honda rider.

O’Halloran was up on Luke Mossey’s eventual pole time when he tucked the front in this afternoon’s Superpole session, meaning he’ll start tomorrow’s opening race from ninth on the grid.

The crash brought a sour end to a positive day for the Aussie, who has consistently been one of the fastest men around the Brands Hatch circuit this weekend. Looking like one of very few who may be able to take it to a dominant Shane Byrne in tomorrow’s races, O’Halloran will now have his work cut out in the opening encounter as he starts from the third row of the grid. 

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“It was a bad end to a really good day to be honest, I felt really good in FP3 and went into qualifying the most relaxed I’ve been for a while, we made it through Q1 pretty easily and Q2 went pretty well,” he said. “Going into Superpole I felt good and thought we had a good setting. I was obviously pushing hard to make sure we got a front row start for tomorrow but unfortunately crashed in the second to last corner, so there’s a bit of work for the boys to do tonight and a bit of work for me to do tomorrow starting from ninth. So it’s a bitter end to a good day! 

“On a positive note I think we’ve got a really good pace for tomorrow, I feel really strong for both races and I think we can be in the fight for the podium. Every session we’ve pretty much been in the top two/three and have been feeling really strong, which makes this afternoon so frustrating! If it wasn’t pole it would have been a front row for sure and that would’ve been good for tomorrow. So a disappointing end, but we have positives from today and we’ve got a good pace for tomorrow!”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing