McAMS Yamaha rider Jason O’Halloran made the perfect start to Official BSB pre-season testing yesterday, as he topped all four individual sessions around the Silverstone National layout.

The championship runner-up in 2020 to fellow Australian Josh Brookes, will be looking to go one step further this season and claim a first British Superbike title.

Following the opening day of action, O’Halloran said: "To be honest it was great to get back out on the bike. The first session was a little bit patchy, so we just did some laps to get the feeling back. 

"The second session was really good for us. It was pretty much an identical bike to the one I rode here last year. In the lunch break, the boys changed the engine and we tried the 2021 spec, which we tried this afternoon for the last two sessions." 

While O’Halloran kept his place atop the standings during the afternoon, the 33 year-old did not improve as his best time came on the previous spec engine. 

"Although we ended up at the top, this slowed us down a bit – when you put a new spec in you have to work through things like fuelling and throttle cables, so we’ve just been doing laps this afternoon to get things to my liking,” added O’Halloran. 

"Compared with how I felt on the previous bike, the changes we’ve made have been really positive and I feel comfortable, we’ve just got to tweak it to make it my own again. We’ll do that tomorrow and also some chassis stuff, so we can look forward to that tomorrow."