Jason O’Halloran heads into the next round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch with momentum on his side after the McAMS Yamaha rider completed a double win last time out at Knockhill.
The Australian contender closed to within 16-points at the top of the standings to Yamaha rival Bradley Ray with just four points now separating them in the podium points table ahead of the Showdown later in the season.
O’Halloran is now determined to maintain his winning form as the championship reaches Kent for the next three races of the season on the Grand Prix circuit next weekend (22/23/24 July).
Speaking ahead of the event, O’Halloran said: “I feel really strong at the moment; the first few rounds we had a lot of things to test and get through and now we have done that we can focus more on performance.
“I’m not taking any notice of the points at the minute, in the main season or the podium points. I’m just enjoying chasing the maximum performance each weekend and winning as many races as I can, as we know from last year when the Showdown starts things can change quickly. I’m working on being as prepared as we can be for the final three rounds.”
In a season where the lap records are once again being shattered and the race pace has also intensified, the McAMS Yamaha rider believes he is feeling more conformable this season as he bids for a first Bennetts BSB title.
“The pace has increased this year and I’m happy I’ve been able to increase my level once again,” added O’Halloran.
“The team have given me a great bike and I’m really enjoying working with my crew which is allowing me to extract the most out of myself. I actually feel more comfortable this year than I did last year, even though the races and lap times have been faster.
“Brands Hatch has always been a good track for the Yamaha and I love racing at Brands but so does most of the grid, so I expect it to be competitive and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“Physically and mentally I’m in a great place, I have a great team around me, I feel like we are in a great place with the bike and we are doing our work. We have won four of the last six races so our early season work is paying dividends now.”