The McAMS Yamaha team are all set to target further podium glory as the Bennetts British Superbike Championship heads to Snetterton for round five of the 2023 season.
After running just one bike in Scotland with Jason O’Halloran, the McAMS Yamaha team will return to two R1s this weekend as 2014 Moto2 World Champion Tito Rabat makes his return to the British Racing scene alongside O’Halloran in the Fleetwood-based team.
Coming off the back of a double podium finish, O’Halloran is hopeful of carrying the momentum from Knockhill to Norfolk this weekend.
After making progress at the pre-event test in Scotland, then again over the Scottish race weekend, O’Halloran and the McAMS Yamaha team are confident of fighting back at the front this weekend as he searches for his first win at Snetterton since 2021 to bring him back into championship contention.
McAMS Yamaha’s newest signing, Tito Rabat, will get his first run out on the championship-winning Yamaha R1 this weekend and it’s not just the bike he’s unfamiliar with. The weekend will mark his first time riding at Snetterton so there is a lot to learn for the Spaniard.
At 2.99 miles, the Snetterton circuit is the longest on the BSB calendar and presents several challenges for the riders to face over the 1:47’ lap. With 12 corners, a mixture of fast sweeping bends, heavy braking zones and quick changes of direction, it makes for great racing in front of the packed spectator banks.
Practice gets underway on Friday at 13.00 with the two qualifying sessions kicking off at 13.10 on Saturday. The first race of the weekend commences at 16.20 for the 12-lap sprint race with two further 16-lap races on Sunday.
Championship 6th (98 points)
“So far this season, we’ve been quick everywhere we’ve gone but for one reason or another, we’ve not had a plain sailing weekend yet! On paper, Knockhill was our best round of the year but we still left knowing we could have achieved more, which is a good thing considering we walked away with two podiums! We’ve got a few things to try for Snetterton this weekend, it’s a track which we’ve had good results at in the past so I am feeling confident. We’ve shown we can race with the Ducatis and Kyle at every track this year, so we need to keep pushing, get the results and the gap in the championship will close.”
“I am very happy to get the chance to race in Bennetts BSB again. It’s always a pleasure to race in front of such a passionate crowd like in the UK. I want to thank McAMS Yamaha for this great opportunity to race with one of the most competitive and successful teams in the championship. Although I am not familiar with Snetterton or Brands Hatch, I hope to rise to the challenge and show that I can be competitive during those races. See you at Snetterton!”
“It’s funny because when we look at the results we’ve had this year, we’ve had a strong start with a win and some podiums, but given the success we’ve had in recent years it’s sometimes easy to forget that it’s a good start! BSB isn’t easy and you need several things to come together, we haven’t quite had that at any round so far this year, but the speed has been there, so we know both Jason and the bike are capable. We’ve a few changes to make for Snetterton so fingers crossed we can get some results and improve the championship standing. There’s no pressure on Tito this weekend, he’s pretty much new to the championship and he’s completely new to the R1 so we’ll let him have a ride and see what he can do.”