BSB: Jason O’Halloran Takes his Third Race Win in an Epic Round 16
McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran fought off his championship rivals in dramatic fashion to claim his third race win of the season.
VisionTrack Ducati’s Josh Brookes got the holeshot and led the race for four laps until Honda’s Glenn Irwin took the lead at Paddock Hill Bend, from that point it was an eight-way train. Brookes and Glenn were dicing with each other until Christian Iddon overtook his team-mate, Brookes, for second place, meanwhile, Honda’s Andrew Irwin was getting involved with the front runners.
Jason O’Halloran was pushed back to fourth position whilst having a battle with Ducati’s Iddon, at one moment they seemed to touch each other as the racing was that close! Whilst the top three riders were swopping positions McAms Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie was making his way to the front, he struggled to pass Honda’s Andy Irwin but when he did he made his way up to third place where he finished the race. Jason revealed with three laps to go he lost his rear brake leaver, but he still managed to set three fast laps on the bounce to be on pole position for round 17 tomorrow.
Brookes finished the race in fourth place which still leaves the Australian leading the championship on 238 points; he is in third position on the grid for tomorrows first race of the day. The fourth-place finish means O’Halloran is only seven points behind his fellow countryman; it’s a must-win situation for Brookes tomorrow!
VisionTrack Ducati’s Christian Iddon took the lead briefly and finished the race in a well deserved second place; he will be fourth on the grid for tomorrows first race. Iddon is now only nine points adrift from his team mate Brookes, finishing ahead of him will surely give the Stockport rider confidence going into tomorrows proceedings.
Honda’s Glenn Irwin finished the race in a disappointing sixth place after leading early on; he starts in eight positions for tomorrows first race of the day, so the Northern Irish man has some work to do on the opening laps! Glenn is fourth in the championship with 217 points, 21 behind championship leader Brookes.
Today’s racing action will take some beating; if Brookes, O’Halloran or Iddon were to win both races tomorrow, they would be crowned BSB champion. Who will lead the charge in race two tomorrow at 12:45?
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