Snetterton 300: O’Halloran: First win hard to explain

Jason O'Halloran says he's struggled to find the right words to explain his emotions at taking a maiden MCE British Superbike race win.
Jason O'Halloran says he's struggled to find the right words to explain his emotions at taking a maiden MCE British Superbike race win and was thrilled to help Honda secure its best results since 2010.

After demonstrating consistent and competitive pace during Friday practice and qualifying, O'Halloran pipped Honda Racing team-mate Dan Linfoot to victory in race one at Snetterton by beating him in the blast to the line after Linfoot suffered a slide out of the final corner.

The pair secured the Japanese manufacturer's first one-two finish in BSB for six years, the last coming for HM Plant Honda at the 2010 season finale when Ryuichi Kiyonari led home Josh Brookes on his way to the BSB title.

O'Halloran was openly emotional at the feat after the chequered flag as his maiden win acted as a poignant milestone having comeback from a nasty broken leg suffered less than a year ago at Thruxton.

“It is an unbelievable feeling to win my first BSB race; especially as it is nearly a year ago I broke my femur,” O'Halloran said. "We have had a great weekend at Snetterton and I had a fantastic battle with my team-mate Dan to get the win, so it is really hard to explain the feeling – it is amazing.

"The racing was clean and straightforward and I really enjoyed it, to come across the line first I still can't quite believe it.”

Reflecting on Honda's success overall at the Norfolk track, with O'Halloran backing up his win with fifth place in race two as Linfoot grabbed two second place finishes, the Australian is confident both he and Linfoot can maintain their BSB Showdown push having moved into third and fourth in the riders' standings respectively.

“Race two was a little frustrating and I am a little disappointed after the high of race one,” he said. “There are no excuses really, the CBR was good and I felt like I had decent pace. It's been a good weekend and our biggest points haul this year, my first win and Dan's had two podiums so all in all a fantastic weekend for the team.”
by Haydn Cobb

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Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Sump Rat

July 11, 2016 10:03 PM

Congratulations to Jason O'Halloran Great win. I agree with Challenged, I'm glad that O'Halloran won. Jase has been putting up with the U.K. weather for a long time & It is awesome to see O'Halloran take his first victory in BSB. I hope this win is the first of many. With a lot of luck and good management Jason O'Halloran might even make some money from motorcycle racing, fingers crossed.


July 11, 2016 11:45 AM
Last Edited 245 days ago

I'm glad that O'Halloran won as that was pi$$ poor sportsmanship from Linfoot with him trying to get the race stopped with less than a lap to go. Karma came back to bite Dan, and as for their other teammate..... DNF's both races and the second one causing it to be red flagged. What is she bringing to the team? besides repair bills and embarrasment.

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