BSB: 2023 McAMS Yamaha livery unveiled ahead of Donington and Silverstone tests

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The 2023 McAMS Yamaha livery has been unveiled ahead of the official Bennetts British Superbike Championship pre-season tests at Donington and Silverstone.

This year’s livery sticks to the stunning blue, red and black design of last season, complete with light blue strips on the front fairing, mudguard, and side fairing. The R1 branding has changed for the upcoming season, finished in a white and light blue font to help it stand out.  

Jason O’Halloran remains with the team for a fifth consecutive campaign, changing his race number and helmet from green to lilac for the new season.

The Aussie was in the title fight heading into the Showdown last season, but his title dreams can to a premature end when he was taken out in two of the three races at Oulton Park.

2023 McAMS Yamaha R1 Launch - Jason O'Halloran

“It’s great to be at McAMS to launch the 2023 R1 which, like last year, looks really sharp and I can’t wait to see it on track along with my lilac colours,” O’Halloran said. “We’ll kick off our season this weekend at Donington Park which will be the first time we’ll have the team back together and the first time we’ll try the bike and really start to build up to round one at Silverstone.

“I’m feeling really good, I’m in a great place and confident ahead of the season ahead. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

O’Halloran has a new teammate this year following 2021 BSB Champion, Tarran Mackenzie’s move to the World Supersport Championship. Tim Neave has been promoted from the team’s Superstock effort – Edwards 1902 Yamaha – after impressing on the R1.

“It’s a great opportunity to join the McAMS Yamaha team, a team with lots of pedigree and as a racer there’s not many opportunities like it, so I need to make sure it’s not wasted on me,” Neave said.

“It’s quite a surreal feeling seeing my number on the Superbike. The bike looks mega, I’m feeling good, and I can’t wait to get stuck in at Donington this weekend and Silverstone next week.”

2023 McAMS Yamaha R1 Launch - Tim Neave

Whilst there were unofficial tests at Monteblanco and Andalucia, plus the official test at Navarra, McAMS Yamaha opted not to head out to Spain.

“It’s been a long winter, so we are feeling quite ready to go now,” Team Owner, Steve Rodgers said. “We opted to miss Spanish testing to focus on development time in the workshop and the boys have been busy developing a new engine spec for 2023 to test with the new parts from Italy.

“It’s our fifth season with Jason on the R1 and we know what he’s capable of having won more races than any other rider over the last three years. Tim is new to the Superbike so our hopes for him are that he can hit the ground running and make progress as the season goes on – he performed exceptionally on the Superstock bike last year, so we look forward to seeing how he gets on.”

The Donington test takes place this weekend (March 25-26), and is followed by two more day of testing at Silverstone on March 28-29. The opening round of the 2023 BSB season takes place at the Northamptonshire circuit on April 7-9.