Jason O’Halloran is optimistic of two decent results at the Assen Bennetts British Superbike Showdown opener as his shoulder is continuing to recover and the Dutch track is less physical than Oulton Park.
The Wollongong rider managed three top-six places in Cheshire last time out and although Assen is much faster than Oulton, it is flat and less heavy on the upper body.
“The team had a good weekend at Assen last year so I’m looking forward to riding the Yamaha there for the first time. My shoulder is improving all the time, which is good,” said O’Halloran.
I’m feeling pretty optimistic as last time out I got through three races at one of the most physical tracks on the calendar and finished sixth in all three, so I’m glad we’re back to two races this weekend and the track is a little less physical too so we’ll see how we go.”
Team boss Steve Rogers is encouraged by O’Halloran’s progress and agrees that Assen could be the start of a podium run.
“Jason seems confident ahead of the weekend which is encouraging. The last few rounds have been tough for him with his shoulder but he’s pretty determined to finish on the podium before the end of the year and thinks Assen could be one of his best chances.”