BSB: O'Halloran out to surprise at Cadwell Park

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While the battle lines might be drawn between Leon Haslam and Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne ahead of Cadwell, there’s good reason to believe it won’t be a two horse race.  

Honda Racing’s Jason O’Halloran has gone under the radar so far this year, but currently sits a strong third in the championship standings, 38 points ahead of fourth placed Michael Laverty and 31 points off Haslam in second. 

Having taken his first BSB win at Snetterton, O’Halloran has had two further podiums since then but perhaps more impressive is that he’s the only rider on the grid to have finished every race in the points so far this year and all of those finishes have been inside the top ten. 

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However, the Aussie star is looking to up the game at Cadwell Park this weekend after another step forward with the Fireblade in testing at the Lincolnshire circuit.  

“Cadwell is a track I’ve always loved riding,” he said, speaking to MCN. “Our test there a few weeks ago was really important for me as I missed last year’s race and it’s been a while since I’ve ridden there. I found things with the bike’s set up that seemed to really suit me and put me back in a place I felt I was last in back in 2014 on the Superstock bike. I could ride the bike exactly how I wanted to.

“We’ve definitely gone under the radar a bit this year and I think people forget I’ve come off the back of a badly broken femur and smashed up left wrist and hand. We had a steady start to the year and after Knockhill made some steps with the bike and got stronger and stronger and now I feel comfortable and confident to be racing the likes of Shakey and Leon. 

“We are one of the top guys, and I don’t think people expected that at the start of the year or even up until the last few rounds, but we need to continue our momentum this weekend to be a contender for the race wins.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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