O’halloran makes weekend podium
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