O'Halloran leads McAMS Yamaha 1-2 in final test before 2021 BSB kick-off

McAMS Yamaha sets itself up for the 2021 BSB season with an impressive 1-2 in final testing at Donington Park headed up by Jason O'Halloran

Jason O'Halloran - McAMS Yamaha

The final test of the longest ever ‘winter’ ahead of the 2021 British Superbike Championship has come to a close with Yamaha holding a 1-2 at Donington Park courtesy of factory McAMS riders Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie.

The last test before the belated season opener on June 25-27 at Oulton Park, though this was just a single day of running, warm conditions allowed for considerably more mileage than during a washed out three-day Snetterton test in May.

With the best times of the day coming in the closing stages, O’Halloran - runner-up to champion Josh Brookes in 2020 - fired to the top of the timesheets, followed closely by team-mate Mackenzie, just 0.2secs behind.

The Scot had seemingly put the top spot out of reach with an impressive final effort that unseated Kyle Ryde, only to be followed across the line by an even better effort from his counterpart.

The only riders to dip below 1m 06s, Kyle Ryde gave chase on the best of a large 10-strong BMW contingent, ahead of leading Honda rider Glenn Irwin and BSB rookie Danny Kent, who continues to acquit himself well on the ageing but still quick Suzuki GSX-R1000R.

Having skipped the Snetterton test, reigning BSB Champion Brookes was sixth best from VisionTrack Ducati team-mate Christian Iddon, with Buildbase Suzuki’s Gino Rea, FS-3 Racing’s Lee Jackson on the new Kawasaki ZX-10RR and FHO BMW’s Peter Hickman rounding out the top ten.

2021 BSB Results - Donington Park Test [8/6/2021]

2021 British Superbike Championship (BSB) - Donington Park Test - Combined Results
PosRiderNat.BSB TeamMotorcycleTiming
1Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMS YamahaYamaha YZF-R11m 05.725
2Tarran MackenzieGBRMcAMS YamahaYamaha YZF-R11m 05.909
3Kyle RydeGBRRICH Energy OMG RacingBMW M1000 RR1m 06.007
4Glenn IrwinGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 06.060
5Danny KentGBRBuildbase Hawk SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R1000R1m 06.140
6Josh BrookesAUSVisionTrack DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 06.410
7Christian IddonGBRVisionTrack DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 06.448
8Gino ReaGBRBuildbase Hawk SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R1000R1m 06.466
9Lee JacksonGBRFS-3 RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 06.471
10Peter HickmanGBRFHO Racing BMWBMW M1000 RR1m 06.563
11Ryan VickersGBRRAF Regular & ReserveKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 06.650
12Bradley RayGBRRICH Energy OMG RacingBMW M1000 RR1m 06.665
13Rory SkinnerGBRFS-3 RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 06.809
14Tommy BridewellGBROxford Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 07.044
15Andrew IrwinGBRSynetiq BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR1m 07.062
16Dan LinfootGBRTAG Racing HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 07.105
17Joe FrancisGBRiForce Lloyd & Jones BMWBMW M1000 RR1m 07.176
18Josh OwensGBRRapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 07.184
19Danny BuchanGBRSynetiq BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR1m 07.369
20Storm StaceyGBRTeam LKQ Euro PartsKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 07.713
21Bjorn EstmentSWEPowerslide Catfoss RacingSuzuki GSX-R1000R1m 07.748
22Ryo MizunoJPNHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 08.690
23Michael DunlopGBRDC RacingBMW M1000 RR1m 09.131
24Brad JonesGBRiForce Lloyd & Jones BMWBMW M1000 RR1m 09.359
25Brian McCormackIRLRoadhouse Macau by FHOBMW M1000 RR1m 09.604
26Joey ThompsonGBRNP MotorcyclesBMW M1000 RR1m 10.578
27Dean HarrisonGBRSilicone Engineering RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 10.618