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O’hal­lo­ran makes week­end podium

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Ja­son O’hal­lo­ran took the 2017 Honda Fire­blade to its first ever MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike podium at Oul­ton Park this week­end de­spite the on­go­ing dif­fi­cul­ties the Honda Racing team have ex­pe­ri­enced with the all-new bike.

Both O’hal­lo­ran and Dan Lin­foot strug­gled with the CBR1000RR dur­ing prac­tice as they com­plained about the ma­chine be­ing hard to ride and feel­ing more like a pas­sen­ger than in con­trol, but a re­mark­able turn­around on race day saw O’hal­lo­ran fin­ish fourth in the open­ing en­counter be­fore sneak­ing onto the ros­trum in race two.

How­ever, it didn’t come easy for the Aussie who was vis­i­bly buck­ing and weav­ing through­out the race as he wres­tled the ag­gres­sive ma­chine into submission around the tricky Oul­ton Park course.

“I prob­a­bly shouldn’t be thrilled with a fourth and third, but I’m so happy with that re­sult af­ter the start

to the year we’ve had,” O’hal­lo­ran told MCN. “We started at Don­ing­ton two rounds ago and were struggling to even get into the top 10, so to be stood on the podium today means a lot to both me and the team.”

While O’hal­lo­ran left Oul­ton with a new ad­di­tion to his tro­phy cabi­net, it was much tougher for team-mate Dan Lin­foot who seemed less able to force the bike to do what he wanted. De­spite fin­ish­ing both races, the York­shire­man failed to score a sin­gle point with two 16th place fin­ishes.

‘Get­ting on the podium today means a lot to me and to the team’ JA­SON O’HAL­LO­RAN

El­bows-out O’hal­lo­ran was not to be de­nied

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