McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran will return to the UK will full bragging rights after setting the fastest overall time at the Portimao British Superbike test today.
The Australian banged in a 1’43.600 - which is only a second off Jonathan Rea’s WorldSBK lap record - on his 23rd lap to go 0.127 ahead of the lap yesterday’s leader Scott Redding put in this morning.
The Be Wiser Ducati man didn’t better his 1’43.727 and was run close for second by ex-WorldSBK man Xavi Fores who was only 0.034s further back on the factory Honda.
Oxford Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell bagged fourth place with a 1’43.904, set this morning while Josh Brookes, on the second Be Wiser Panigale V4, dropped into fifth place on a 1’43.919 making it a strong showing for the new bike in pre-season.
Josh Elliott has shown good pace over the two days and ended in sixth place on the OMG Suzuki while Fanny Buchan put the FS-3 Kawasaki in seventh with a 1’44.077.
Glenn and Andrew Irwin, on the Quattro Kawasaki and Honda Racing bikes respectively, were again stuck together in eighth and ninth while Luke Mossey put hi OMG Suzuki in tenth and 1.1s off the pace.
Claudio Corti, Tarran Mackenzie, Ryan Vickers, Matt Truelove and Alastair Seeley, riding the V4 he will race at the North West 200, rounded out the top ten.
Jack Kennedy was easily the quickest of the Supersport runners with a second in hand over his Appleyard Yamaha team-mate Brad Jones. Billy McConnell led the way in Superstock on his OMG Suzuki.