The McAMS Yamaha Team return to Bennetts British Superbike Championship action this weekend as the series heads to Kent for round six of the season at Brands Hatch.
Fresh from a stellar weekend in Norfolk, which saw the Raceways-run team climb up on the podium for the fourth time this season as well as producing some gutsy rides from both Jason O’Halloran and new team-mate Tito Rabat, the Fleetwood-based team are eyeing up further silverware this weekend.
A three-time victor at Brands Hatch on the Superbike, O’Halloran is feeling confident ahead of his Brands Hatch return as the Australian hunts for more success at the venue he secured a hat-trick of podiums in 2022.
For team-mate Tito Rabat, Brands Hatch will be another eye-opening experience as he continues to adapt to the Yamaha R1. It won’t be the first time the Spaniard has seen the circuit though, after completing a test day on a standard road bike earlier in the month. The former Moto2 World Champion will hit the ground running as he aims to back up his astounding R1 debut at Snetterton two weeks ago.
This weekend will also see the return of the one-lap Superpole qualifying, which for O’Halloran proved fruitful at Donington Park earlier this year.
Championship 6th (133 points)
“Brands Hatch is a circuit which holds some special memories for both me and the team, I’ve won there before and it’s a track which really suits the Yamaha. I feel like I’m riding really well at the minute, we obviously had some weaknesses at Snetterton but on paper, the bike’s strengths should outshine the weaknesses at a track like Brands as it’s much more flowing. Some of the improvements we’ve found through the new swingarm should really help at Brands too. I’ll give it my all and I know the team will too, and hopefully we come out of it with some strong results!”
Championship 21st (15 points)
“I’m excited to get to Brands Hatch this weekend, it’s a circuit that everybody wants to ride at least once. I had the opportunity to do some laps with the R1 last week and it’s a tricky track to learn. The first corner is exciting because when you go down the hill it’s like you fall off the edge of a building! I hope I can feel as comfortable on the bike like at Snetterton and we can improve our set up and my riding style to suit the Yamaha and try to stay at the front for all of the race. See you at Brands!”
“We had some great results at Snetterton with three top six finishes including a podium. Jason rode really well to try and keep the faster bikes behind him and used the bikes strengths well with some stunning moves at Corams and Riches. Tito, well, what can we say? We had no expectations at Snetterton and he was really impressive. Brands is a new challenge, it’s a bit more of a traditional UK circuit but he’s up for the challenge so it’ll be great to see what he can do. Brands is a track which should suit the R1, so fingers crossed we can be up the sharp end this weekend.”