19 - 21 APR |

O’Halloran “getting stronger” as Showdown beckons

Honda Racing and Jason O'Halloran head into their home round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park next weekend (August 17/18/19) bolstered by a resurgent performance last time out as he continues his return to full fitness following an ankle injury.

The Market Rasen based Australian holds tenth place in the standings ahead of the next two races, but with 25 points separating him from sixth placed Danny Buchan, the Honda Racing contender is determined to keep closing the deficit.

Last time out at Thruxton O’Halloran launched back into the fight at the front of the pack and narrowly missed out on a podium return in race one, but celebrated his biggest points haul since he crashed breaking his ankle on World Superbike duty in May. The pair of top six finishes has now given the ‘O’Show’ a boost ahead of the ‘Party in the Park’ as he bids to carry the momentum into the next round.

O’Halloran said: “Thruxton was overall good for us and showed the progress since the injury, but Cadwell Park is still a bit of an unknown given how physical it is, especially with the Mountain. I don’t really know what to expect as I haven’t tested there, but the aim previously has always been podiums or wins, or at least a top five and with the Showdown getting closer, we need to do everything to score the best we can.

“Thruxton I think proved that I haven’t lost the speed, it was just that the injury had been making it difficult and if you look at race one I was third into the Chicane and fighting with the lead group; I was just pushed wide which cost me the podium. That shows what a massive step forward it has been since Brands Hatch just two weeks’ ago, so I am happy with the injury progress although you always want it to be faster! The team have been working really hard so we are going to be fighting back as hard as we can at Cadwell Park.

“There are five races now before the Showdown, but I have to just focus on doing the best I can in those five races and not look at what is happening around me. What happens on raceday happens and we have seen that a few times this year! What is on my side is that I am getting stronger and I think that the momentum I lost through injury is now coming back; everyone else was gathering that a few rounds ago and they will probably stay in a similar place, where I think I can only get faster as I get back to full fitness. We showed we can be back at the front at Thruxton so hopefully we can build on that at Cadwell Park so I can have a strong home round.”

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