Jason O'Halloran says he's feeling much sharper than he anticipated on his comeback from injury at a two-day test at Cartagena with Honda Racing.
The Australian rider's 2015 campaign was prematurely halted after suffering a crash in qualifying at Thruxton in which he sustained a broken leg and left hand. The Australian had been holding a top six Showdown spot before his injury and was in fine form having taken a maiden BSB rostrum a few weeks before his crash at Snetterton.
O'Halloran has recently completed his comeback from his six-month layoff on his old Honda superstock machine and will now return home to Australia for four weeks of intense fitness training ahead of Honda Racing's pre-season testing schedule which is set to begin in early March.
“It was really good, something I'd been looking forward to for quite a few months,” O'Halloran told Crash.Net.
“Obviously after Thruxton it was quite devastating to end the season in the way we did and to have so many months of rehab, all the physio and trying to get back to fitness to ride has taken a long time.
“It was really nice to get back out there on a motorbike and test the body and make sure I didn't forget how to ride a motorcycle. It was a positive couple of days.”
Assessing what areas he needs to strengthened before riding the British Superbike-specification Honda Fireblade, O'Halloran says he still feels a small problem with his right hip but overall is pleasantly surprised by his progress.
“I've learnt a couple of things over the past two days to understand what I need to work on with my right hip and a few other bits a pieces,” he said. “Where we are now it is good and is better than where I expected to be. On the bike it certainly didn't feel like I'd been off of it for six months. It is a nice feeling to have.”