FIREBLADE SHARPENS UP ITS ACT IN BSB
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.
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