Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Monteblanco, Official Test, Day Two

Jason O’Halloran topped the second day of testing at Monteblanco ahead of tomorrow’s final day of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship official test at the Spanish circuit, improving his pace to hold off a late attack at the top from Glenn Irwin and Scott Redding.

Glenn Irwin had led the early stages of day two from Xavi Forés, but Tarran Mackenzie was soon moving up the order. The McAMS Yamaha rider launched to the top of the timesheets shortly before lunch but a high-side ended his day early as he sat out the afternoon session ready to re-join the action tomorrow.

In the final 20 minutes before the lunch break though O’Halloran was on the move and his run of laps put him ahead of Redding.

After lunch the Spanish sunshine meant several riders opted to wait until the track conditions had cooled, with O’Halloran upping the pace again in the closing stages to claim the top spot, despite a last lap run from Glenn Irwin who fired the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki into second, nudging Redding into third.

Jason O’Halloran

“Today was a really good day, it feels like every time we head out on the bike we find an improvement. This morning we worked a little more on refining the new forks we tried yesterday afternoon and then after lunch we went out with the new swingarm and links.

“It takes a bit of time to fine tune things, but every time we went out we went quicker. I did a couple of 1’36s today, four or five of them and feel really comfortable on the bike. We’ll keep working tomorrow, when we’ve got a frame to test which is probably the biggest thing we’ll test over this period so we need to see whether that’s a step forward.”

Mackenzie held on to fourth place despite sitting out the afternoon, narrowly ahead of Forés and Luke Mossey who had held a position inside the top five during the morning session for OMG Racing Suzuki.

Josh Brookes climbed to seventh on his final run of the day on the second of the Be Wiser Ducatis ahead of Claudio Corti for Team WD-40 Kawasaki.

Andrew Irwin, who had also been inside the top five earlier in the day held ninth for Honda Racing with Buildbase Suzuki’s Bradley Ray completing the top ten.

Ben Currie is adapting to the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki Superbike and ended day two in 15th place.

South Australia’s Billy McConnell was 21st quickest overall, and the second quickest of the Superstock competitors taking part in the test.

Brayden Elliott, is not at the test, but announced overnight his intention to  continue to run his privateer team throughout the 2019 British Superstock season however, he will run alongside and with support from CPE Motosport throughout race weekends feeding off their extensive knowledge.

Brayden Elliott

“I am extremely fortunate and thankful for the opportunity to run my own team NO BULL Racing amongst the British Superbike Championship, however taking on this role has certainly been challenging. For this reason, CPE Motosport and myself started discussions about joining forces for our 2019 campaign. I met up with the team in 2018 to lock in a plan of attack and although I’ve been in Australia it’s been a breath of fresh air having CPE Motosport helping out with pre-season preparations.  It’s great that I will be on familiar machinery riding my Suzuki GSX-R 1000 for a second season with a great group of people around me. I’m very thankful to have Simon Stevens in my corner and on the tools throughout race weekends this season, also to be working with John Crockford. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to have a rider coach and also a team member to check data, I’m really excited to start working together. I’m positive Simon’s experience managing teams and John’s experience as a rider and coach will be a great match for this season.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Monteblanco, Official Test, Day Two Times

 

Pos Rider Team Time
1 Jason O’halloran Yamaha – McAMS Yamaha 1:36.587
2 Glenn Irwin Kawasaki – Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki 1:37.005
3 Scott Redding Ducati – Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team 1:37.077
4 Tarran Mackenzie Yamaha – McAMS Yamaha 1:37.198
5 Xavi Fores Honda – Honda Racing 1:37.211
6 Luke Mossey Suzuki – OMG Racing Suzuki 1:37.472
7 Josh Brookes Ducati – Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team 1:37.511
8 Claudio Corti Kawasaki – Team WD-40 1:37.719
9 Andrew Irwin 1:37.786
10 Bradley Ray Suzuki – Buildbase Suzuki 1:37.826
11 Josh Elliott Suzuki – OMG Racing Suzuki 1:38.003
12 Tommy Bridewell 1:38.116
13 Ryan Vickers Kawasaki – RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki 1:38.128
14 Danny Buchan Kawasaki – FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 1:38.150
15 Ben Currie Kawasaki – Quattro Plant JG Speedfit  1:38.197
16 Luke Stapleford Suzuki – Buildbase Suzuki 1:38.540
17 Dean Harrison Kawasaki – Silicone Engineering Racing  1:38.864
18 Richard Cooper Suzuki – Buildbase Suzuki 1:39.085
19 David Allingham Yamaha – EHA Yamaha 1:39.135
20 Matt Truelove Yamaha – Raceways/McAMS Yamaha 1:39.617
21 Billy Mcconnell Suzuki – OMG Racing Suzuki 1:40.073
22 James Hillier Kawasaki – Quattro Plant JG Speedfit  1:40.535
23 Graeme Irwin Kawasaki – Team 109 1:40.691
24 Tom Neave Honda – Honda Racing 1:40.767
25 Dean Hipwell Kawasaki – CDH Racing 1:40.862
26 Sam Coventry Kawasaki – Team 64 Kawasaki 1:41.039
27 Alastair Seeley Yamaha – EHA Yamaha 1:41.636
28 Lee Jackson Kawasaki – FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 1:41.643
29 Harry Truelove Yamaha – Truelove Property & Construction 1:41.879
30 Gary Johnson Kawasaki – RAF Regular and Reserves  1:41.954
31 Lee Johnston Yamaha – Ashcourt Racing 1:42.437
32 Lee Johnston Yamaha – Ashcourt Racing 1:43.409