McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran spent the Donington Park Bennetts British Superbike round chasing setup as he struggled to find the right feel from his R1 at the Leicestershire track.
The Australian found some pace in third practice where he finished less than a tenth off Josh Brookes and took a front-row start in qualifying.
A fifth place and second-row start for race two turned sour when O’Halloran was nerfed by another rider and dropped back into the pack. It meant that the third race was started from tenth and while trying to make progress, the Wollongong rider crashed at Coppice.
“It’s not been the easiest of weekends. We’ve been chasing something all weekend, made some changes for Saturday and improved the feeling but in the first two races I struggled at the start,” said O’Halloran.
“For the third race we made some more changes but I was quite far back on the grid which made things difficult. The bike felt much better, I had a lot more confidence on the brakes and I felt like I could ride the bike how I wanted to again.
“I’m really happy with that and I’ll take that away from this race as obviously a crash isn’t ideal. It’s our third DNF of the year, which isn’t what we want.
“I want to go fast and be at the front, I don’t want to be messing around in seventh or eighth so we have to keep pushing and looking for the feeling we are after. Once we nail that on the head I’m confident we’ll be at the front.”