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Ja­son O’hal­lo­ran and the Honda Rac­ing team con­tin­ued to show im­prove­ment with the all-new Fire­blade at Snet­ter­ton with two ros­trum fin­ishes to strengthen their po­si­tion in the top six.

The team have strug­gled with throt­tle con­nec­tion, power de­liv­ery and gen­eral ride­abil­ity since tak­ing de­liv­ery of the ma­chine ear­lier this year, but progress at both the Snet­ter­ton test and Knock­hill race saw both O’hal­lo­ran and team-mate Dan Lin­foot take a step closer to the front.

“We had a re­ally pos­i­tive test last month and turned up here and didn’t have to change a lot,” O’hal­lo­ran said. “We worked hard over the week­end on race dis­tance and that re­ally paid off to­day. I got held up in the first race a bit and we got held up by Hop­kins a lit­tle in the sec­ond race, I had to work for it, but I’m thrilled.

“Ev­ery­thing is com­ing to­gether now. Even at Knock­hill we were still play­ing with throt­tle con­nec­tion and how the power comes in, so this has been the first week­end this year where we haven’t touched that and have been able to work on chas­sis set-up and that has shown with to­day’s re­sults.”

How­ever, while the Louth-based squad have un­doubt­edly made progress, O’hal­lo­ran was still some way off the bat­tle for the win, show­ing there’s still work to be done.

“I’m pleased with where we’re at, but we’ve still got some steps to take to be able to fight for the wins. But we’re now in that front group and the next few races have been good for us.”

Lin­foot fin­ished fifth and sev­enth in the two races.

Two sec­ond places have put Brookes firmly back on the map O’hal­lo­ran meets the lo­cal po­lice…

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