After back-to-back fourth places in the opening two races Jason O'Halloran was cruelly denied a final shot at podium points when his gearbox broke while battling for the lead at Oulton Park.

The Honda Racing rider had already booked his place in the Showdown in the last round at Cadwell Park and targeted the Oulton Park triple-header solely for podium points.

After two near-misses in the opening races O'Halloran looked to have made the required gains starting from pole and battling Leon Haslam for the lead. But it wasn't to be for the Australian when his gearbox gave up on lap 14 at Lodge corner before he eventually pulled out of the race two turns later.

"I'm a little disappointed with no podiums as I felt that we had good pace throughout," O'Halloran said. "In that last race I thought I could have won, I was fighting with Haslam and he passed me and then I'd pass him again, so it was looking hopeful, but it wasn't to be.

"I'm gutted for that but now heading into Showdown I feel that we've found more speed and we are competitive, I think Donington and Assen will suit us and the CBR, we've also had some good rounds at Brands so it's all to play and fight for.

"We have the fight in us, and the right package to get the results; we just need to pull it all together now."

Having missed out on any podium points at the Cheshire track O'Halloran enters the Showdown joint-third with James Ellison, with the pair trailing Haslam by 33 points.