Jason O’Halloran makes it a clean sweep for McAMS Yamaha after topping the second Bennetts British Superbike practice at Silverstone.

2022 British Superbike Silverstone (National) - Free Practice (2) Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime
1Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMS Yamaha53.107
2Kyle RydeGBRRICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha+0.040s
3Lee JacksonGBRFS-3 Racing Kawasaki+0.097s
4Bradley RayGBRRICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha+0.108s
5Christian IddonGBRBuildbase Suzuki+0.192s
6Rory SkinnerGBRFS-3 Racing Kawasaki+0.236s
7Ryan VickersGBRFHO Racing BMW+0.356s
8Tommy BridewellGBROxford Products Racing Ducati+0.363s
9Danny BuchanGBRSYNETIQ BMW Motorrad+0.365s
10Andrew IrwinGBRSYNETIQ BMW Motorrad+0.378s
11Josh BrookesAUSMCE Ducati+0.383s
12Dan LinfootGBRIForce BMW+0.404s
13Luke MosseyGBRTAG Racing Honda+0.507s
14Leon HaslamGBRVisiontrack Kawasaki+0.527s
15Ryo MizunoJAPHonda Racing UK+0.541s
16Glenn IrwinGBRHonda Racing UK+0.556s
17Danny KentGBRBuildbase Suzuki+0.580s
18Tom SykesGBRMCE Ducati+0.581s
19Peter HickmanGBRFHO Racing BMW+0.607s
20Takumi TakahashiJAPHonda Racing UK+0.690s
21Tom NeaveGBRHonda Racing UK+0.710s
22Storm StaceyGBRTeam LKQ Euro Parts Kawasaki+0.858s
23Josh OwensGBRCDH Racing Kawasaki+0.921s
24Dean HarrisonGBRDAO Racing Kawasaki+0.975s
25Dan JonesGBRIforce BMW+1.157s
26Chrissy RouseGBRCrowe Performance BMW+1.205s
27Bjorn EstmentSAPowerslide Catfoss Suzuki+1.314s
28James HillierGBRRICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha+1.667s
29Leon JeacockGBRSpecsavers Suzuki+1.723s
30David JohnsonAUSRICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha+1.949s
31Liam DelvesGBRCDH Racing Kawasaki+2.107s
32Luke HopkinsGBRBlack Onyx Security Honda+2.151s

Following a rapid start to FP1, the second practice session of the day continued on in that vein as Bradley Ray went underneath O’Halloran’s Silverstone lap record. 

A time of 53.215s was set by the Yamaha rider, while FS-3 Kawasaki rider Rory Skinner also jumped into the top five. 

Ray’s team-mate Ryde then joined him in going faster than O’Halloran’s FP1 time, making it a Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha 1-2 for the second time today. 

With limited movement inside the top ten heading into the final quarter of action, Ryde and Lee Jackson changed that by going quicker than Ray. 

But as was the case in FP1, O’Halloran left it late to spoil Ryde’s day. A time of 53.107s was set by the Australian. 

Free Practice 1 Recap

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

After an electric start to FP1 for both Ryde and Ray aboard their 2022 Yamaha R1’s, 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 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)

Saturday 

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

Sunday 

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

13:30 - British Superbike Race Two 

16:30 - British Superbike Race Three