Jason O’Halloran tops the opening Bennetts British Superbike practice of 2022 after matching his own lap record pace. 

2022 British Superbike Silverstone (National) - Free Practice (1) Results
1Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMS Yamaha53.358s
2Danny BuchanGBRSYNETIQ BMW Motorrad+0.114s
3Bradley RayGBRRICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha+0.135s
4Christian IddonGBRBuildbase Suzuki+0.193s
5Kyle RydeGBRRICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha+0.243s
6Lee JacksonGBRFS-3 Racing Kawasaki+0.285s
7Glenn IrwinGBRHonda Racing UK+0.305s
8Tommy BridewellGBROxford Products Racing Ducati+0.466s
9Rory SkinnerGBRFS-3 Racing Kawasaki+0.484s
10Peter HickmanGBRFHO Racing BMW+0.491s
11Josh BrookesAUSMCE Ducati+0.491s
12Dan LinfootGBRIForce BMW+0.509s
13Andrew IrwinGBRSYNETIQ BMW Motorrad+0.520s
14Tom SykesGBRMCE Ducati+0.593s
15Danny KentGBRBuildbase Suzuki+0.598s
16Ryan VickersGBRFHO Racing BMW+0.631s
17Luke MosseyGBRTAG Racing Honda+0.687s
18Leon HaslamGBRVisiontrack Kawasaki+0.714s
19Tom NeaveGBRHonda Racing UK+0.746s
20Ryo MizunoJAPHonda Racing UK+0.768s
21Takumi TakahashiJAPHonda Racing UK+0.777s
22Storm StaceyGBRTeam LKQ Euro Parts Kawasaki+0.879s
23Josh OwensGBRCDH Racing Kawasaki+0.892s
24Chrissy RouseGBRCrowe Performance BMW+0.954s
25Dan JonesGBRIforce BMW+1.023s
26Dean HarrisonGBRDAO Racing Kawasaki+1.311s
27Bjorn EstmentSAPowerslide Catfoss Suzuki+1.663s
28Leon JeacockGBRSpecsavers Suzuki+1.387s
29James HillierGBRRICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha+1.845s
30Luke HopkinsGBRBlack Onyx Security Honda+1.937s
31David JohnsonAUSRICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha+2.199s
32Liam DelvesGBRCDH Racing Kawasaki+10.421s

After an electric start to FP1 for both Kyle Ryde and Bradley Ray aboard their Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamahas, new Buildbase Suzuki rider Christian Iddon took over at the top of the leaderboard. 

Ryde, who set an impressive early time of 53.641s - three tenths off the lap record, was beaten by close to a tenth by Iddon. 

Ray slid down to fifth as Lee Jackson and Danny Buchan made it three riders within +0.005s of one-another. 

The first official practice of 2022 got off to a slow start for Honda Racing UK’s Takumi Takahashi, as the Japanese rider had to wait more than half the session before completing a timed lap.

While Iddon looked set to take FP1 honours, SYNEITQ BMW rider Buchan then went even faster with a time of 53.472s.

However, Buchan’s stint at the top was brief as O’Halloran, who is on solo duty this weekend, went quickest with a time of 53.358s.   

O’Halloran’s team-mate Tarran Mackenzie has been ruled out of action after suffering a left ankle fracture during the recent two-day test, which has since been operated on successfully. 

Speaking ahead of the weekend and also next week’s Assen WorldSBK round which he was set to appear as a wildcard in prior to the injury, Mackenzie said: “I’m obviously disappointed to be missing the opening round this weekend, especially after feeling so good on the bike at Snetterton, but it is what it is. 

“The operation on my ankle went well and I’m now focusing on my recovery, working with my physio and aiming to be back as soon as we can to get our season on track. I’d like to wish the whole team the best of luck this weekend as the season gets started.”

Top 24 separated by less than one second!

The first rider outside of the one second gap to O’Halloran was Dan Jones aboard the IForce BMW.

In what should be a sign of things to come, BSB 2022 looks set for its most competitive season ever. 

Buchan retained second place from Ray, Iddon and Ryde, meaning three Yamahas occupied the top five positions. 

Official British Superbike Silverstone (National) Records

Fastest lap - Jason O’Halloran AUS McAMS Yamaha 53:342s (2020) 

2021 Race winners 

Race One - Glenn Irwin Honda Racing UK

Race Two - Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha

Race Three - Jason O’Halloran McAMS Yamaha

Big names return for British Superbike in 2022! 

While series champion Mackenzie returns to defend his crown with McAMS Yamaha, as does two-time champion Josh Brookes with MCE Ducati, plenty of new faces have arrived to the championship, including two very high-profile names…

2013 WorldSBK champion Tom Sykes has returned to the championship alongside Brookes at Ducati, while 2018 BSB champion Leon Haslam is back with Lee Hardy’s Visiontrack Kawasaki team as he bids to win title #2.  

In terms of how both riders got on during FP1, Sykes finished 14th and Haslam 18th.

Weekend Schedule - 2022 British Superbike Silverstone (National)


15:45-16:25 - British Superbike FP2


10:20-10:40 - British Superbike FP3

13:10-13:22 - British Superbike Q1

13:29-13:41 - British Superbike Q2

16:15 - British Superbike Race One


9:30-9:40 - British Superbike Warm-up 

13:30 - British Superbike Race Two 

16:30 - British Superbike Race Three