Jason O’Halloran and the Honda Racing team continued to show progress in this afternoon’s MCE British Superbike qualifying session to bag sixth spot on the grid for tomorrow’s opening race.
The Louth-based squad have faced a tough time with the 2017 Fireblade so far this season after taking delivery of the bikes later than expected, but a turnaround following a test at Mallory Park earlier this week has seen a marked improvement for both O’Halloran and team-mate Dan Linfoot.
The Aussie clocked a quickest lap of 45’120 in the final Q3 session and is confident of fighting for a podium in tomorrow’s races after regaining a stronger feeling with his bike after feeling more like a passenger in the opening round at Donington Park, where he struggled to break into the top ten.
“It’s a hell of a lot better than Donington!” laughed O’Halloran. “I’ve got a smile back on my face and I feel like I’m able to push again and enjoy finding the limit. I think everyone was on the limit out there then and really pushing the boundaries, we’re under the lap record and P6 so we’ve got to be happy with that.
“I feel really confident ahead of tomorrow’s races, we’ve got good distance on the tyre and have made quite a big step with the lap time in qualifying compared to what we’ve done so far this weekend. If we can have that sort of pace at the start tomorrow and maintain it throughout the race I think we’ll be in the fight for the podium.
“I’m looking forward to a battle tomorrow, it’s a really intense race around here but we’re fighting fit and ready to go.”
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