McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran remained in charge of the Monteblanco British Superbike timesheets on Thursday afternoon, using a new swingarm on his R1 to dip just under the time the Australian set this morning.
O’Halloran, put in a 1’36.587 to remain as the fastest man so far at the Spanish test and is still four-tenths ahead of Quattro Kawasaki’s Glenn Irwin, who stuck in a late charge to finish on a 1’37.005 after a 1’35s laptime was cancelled.
“Today was a really good day, it feels like every time we head out on the bike we find an improvement. This morning we worked a little more on refining the new forks we tried yesterday afternoon and then after lunch we went out with the new swingarm and links,” said O’Halloran.
“It takes a bit of time to fine tune things, but every time we went out we went quicker. I did a couple of 1’36s today, four or five of them and feel really comfortable on the bike.
“We’ll keep working tomorrow, when we’ve got a frame to test which is probably the biggest thing we’ll test over this period so we need to see whether that’s a step forward.”
The Irishman’s next best lap pushed Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding down to third. The former MotoGP rider also improved slightly over his morning time, taking a tenth off to end with a 1’37.077.
After a hefty crash earlier, Tarran Mackenzie remained in his garage after luncheon, but his 1’37.198 was still enough to stay fourth on the combined sheets for the day.
Xavi Fores and Luke Mossey didn’t improve in the afternoon but remained in fifth and sixth. Josh Brookes, on the second Be Wiser V4R, was one of the day’s big movers, finding three-quarters of a second in the afternoon to claim seventh.
Claudio Corti and Andrew Irwin also improved their times in eighth and ninth on the sheets with Bradley Ray in tenth place.
Josh Elliott took his OMG Suzuki to 11th with Tommy Bridewell bringing the Oxford Ducati into contention in 12th with a 1’38.116.
Ryan Vickers ended in 13th while Danny Buchan walked away from a whopping crash at turn one but still claimed 14th place. Ben Currie rounded out the top 15.
Here’s a bit of on-board action