The McAMS Yamaha team are ready and prepared for one final outing in the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship as the series comes to its conclusion at Brands Hatch.
With out-going champion Tarran Mackenzie still sidelined with a broken femur, Jason O’Halloran will be flying solo as he looks to end the season on a high for the Fleetwood-based team.
O’Halloran bounced back from the disappointment that was Oulton Park with a stunning pole position and second place at Donington Park two weeks ago, but a crash in the final race left the already battered Aussie with further war-wounds.
However, the two week break has treated O’Halloran well, and while he’s not 100% he’s confident he’s at a similar level of fitness to how he was heading into the Donington Park round.
Brands Hatch was a fruitful venue for the team earlier in the year with O’Halloran and Mackenzie sharing all three wins and second places, with the duo barely separated across the line in the final race, so the team is confident about ending the season on a high.
Also looking to bow out of 2022 with a strong result is Tim Neave on the Edwards 1902 Yamaha. It will be his first visit to Brands Hatch in the National Superstock category this year after missing the earlier round with injury, but he’s confident of taking the R1 to a strong result at the Kent track, which should in theory suit the bike well.
With Tarran Mackenzie injured and O’Halloran’s crash at Donington Park ruling him out of mathematical contention, this weekend will mark the team’s last as reigning British Champions.
While the team are gutted not to be able to retain their title, their full support is behind OMG Racing and Bradley Ray and keeping the crown within the Yamaha Racing family, so would like to wish Brad and the team the best of luck this weekend.
“It’s been nice to have a couple of weeks off since Donington to recover from the knocks we had at both Oulton and in the final race at Donington. I’m not 100%, but I’m feeling as good as I was ahead of Donington and we managed to take pole position and finish second there so I’m confident. Brands was a great track for us earlier in the year, Taz and I shared first and second in all three races and for me, we made a huge step with the bike there, so I’m looking forward to getting back and putting that into action and hopefully ending the season on a high.”
Edwards 1902 Yamaha National Superstock
“I was gutted to miss out on Brands Hatch earlier in the year with my injury as it’s the type of track that really suits the Yamaha, so I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It’s been a tough end to the year so far but there’s been lots of promise so I am confident we can end the year on a high this weekend.”
“It’s been a difficult end to the season, but hopefully we can end the year on a high at Brands this weekend. Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to retain the title this year which is a huge shame as going into the final round as a team, we’ve won more races than any other team but with Tarran injured and three DNFs for Jason in the last two rounds, we’ve seen the harsher side of the Showdown this year. It is what it is, that’s bike racing so all we can do now is look to have a strong final weekend and we’ll fight back next year. We’d like to wish Brad and the OMG team the best of luck, our support is 100% behind them to keep the title within the Yamaha family.”