McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran doesn’t expect to be hampered by the hand injury he suffered during two weekends ago at the Thruxton Bennetts British Superbike round.
The Australian managed to open a bone-deep wound when he was spat off his YZF-R1 at Snetterton but says it will not affect his quest to get back to the front of the championship pack.
“I’m looking forward to starting the second half of the season and especially going to Thruxton as it’s a track I’ve always enjoyed riding,” said O’Halloran.
“If we can have a smooth weekend and have no issues in free practice, there’s no reason we can’t be at the front. At Snetterton I felt I didn’t really get ‘FP1’ until warm-up, and our pace in both races was good.
“I was a bit sore after the race two high-side, but the good news is my hand injury was only superficial and it’s healed quite nicely so shouldn’t be an issue this weekend.”
After winter testing, O’Halloran was expected to challenge for the title in 2019 but it now looks like he won’t make it into the Showdown following breakdown, crashes and injury.
There are only three rounds remaining and he is 50 points behind sixth-placed man Xavi Fores, although the Yamaha has, historically, been one of the bikes to beat at the Hampshire track.