Monteblanco BSB Testing Results: Jason O’Halloran denies Ryan Vickers

Jason O'Halloran pips Ryan Vickers to the quickest time on the first day of pre-season British Superbike Championship testing in Spain

Jason O'Halloran - McAMS Yamaha

The British Superbike Championship fired into life for the first time in 2020 as the first of three days warm weather testing in Monteblanco, Spain kicked off with Jason O’Halloran atop the timesheets.

Riding the new generation Yamaha R1, McAMS’ O’Halloran hit the front in the closing stages of the day with a 1m 38.092secs lap, which unseated long-time front-runner Ryan Vickers on the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki.

Indeed, the youngster, who confirmed his place on the 2020 BSB grid earlier this week looked set to draw first blood before he was usurped by the Australian, though he still had the measure of Josh Brookes and Christian Iddon on their respective VisionTrack Ducatis.

Danny Buchan completed the top five on the Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki, ahead of the impressive Joe Francis, who crept up the order on the Lloyd & Jones PR BMW to out-perform his S1000RR counterparts of Rich Energy OMG duo Hector Barbera and Luke Mossey in seventh and eighth.

Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Ducati) and Dan Linfoot (Santander Salt TAG Yamaha) rounded out the top ten, ahead of McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie and Smiths BMW’s Peter Hickman.

The Spanish test is a chance for several teams to get some warm weather testing in the bag before April's season opener. However, the likes of Honda Racing, Buildbase Suzuki and TAS Racing have declined the invite and as such will make their first appearance at the official pre-season test at Silverstone ahead of the curtain raiser.

Monteblanco BSB Testing Results – Day 1/3

BSB Pre-Season Testing - Monteblanco, Spain [Day 1/3]
1Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMS YamahaYamaha YZF-R11m 38.092
2Ryan VickersGBRRAF Regular & ReservesKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 38.275
3Josh BrookesAUSVisionTrack DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.285
4Christian IddonGBRVisionTrack DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.490
5Danny BuchanGBRMassingberd-Mundy KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 38.551
6Joe FrancisGBRLloyds & Jones PR RacingBMW S1000RR1m 38.757
7Hector BarberaESPRich Energy OMG RacingBMW S1000RR1m 38.792
8Luke MosseyGBRRich Energy OMG RacingBMW S1000RR1m 38.891
9Tommy BridewellGBROxford Racing ProductsDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.992
10Dan LinfootGBRSantander Salt TAG RacingYamaha YZF-R11m 39.246
11Peter HickmanGBRSmiths RacingBMW S1000RR1m 39.348
12Tarran MackenzieGBRMcAMS YamahaYamaha YZF-R11m 39.834
13Jack KennedyIRLSantander Salt TAG RacingYamaha YZF-R11m 39.859
14Alex OlsenGBRSmiths RacingBMW S1000RR1m 39.996
15Lee JacksonGBRMassingberd-Mundy KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.286
16Dean HarrisonGBRSilicone EngineeringKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.749
17Storm StaceyGBRGR MotorsportKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.096
18Josh OwensGBRCDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.319
19Graeme IrwinGBRTeam 64 MototsportKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.530
20Matt TrueloveGBRTruelove Brothers RacingYamaha YZF-R11m 43.138