BSB 2017: Round 12 race report
Brands Hatch | 13–15 October
Honda Racing’s Jason O’Halloran returned to the podium on the final day of the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and finished fifth in the overall standings. Aboard the all-new Fireblade, O’Halloran and teammate and Dan Linfoot both picked up points at Brands Hatch to end the season on a high.
The Aussie started the weekend strongly and jostled with the leaders to cross the line fifth in race one. He then qualified sixth before snatching second place in race two.
“To finish second and get back to podium for the final race I’m really happy with the result and it’s a good way to finish the season,” he said.
Linfoot wrapped up the weekend with two strong performances, finishing top-ten in both races. A storming run in race one saw him advance from 21st on the grid to ninth at the finishing line.
Having scored the fifth fastest time in the opening race, the Yorkshireman lined up fifth on the grid. A difficult start set him back a few places, but it was his steel and determination that won the day as he battled back to seventh.
“It’s been a challenging year with some lows, but then we’ve had then some incredible highs,” said Linfoot. “I’m so chuffed to have finally got that BSB win for myself and the team, then to follow it up with a second win was just mega. It’s nice to see Jason on the podium today and rounding off the season for us with a second place finish.”
After a mixed season for the Honda Racing team, O’Halloran called it a “taxing year”, but one where “every single peson has given me the absolute max”. Highlights include O’Halloran securing a hard-fought place in the all-important Showdown, finishing fifth in the title and recording four podiums along the way. Linfoot, meanwhile, scored his maiden Superbike victory and took the first BSB win for the all-new Fireblade, which he then built on with a second win at the following round.
“There are some areas where we need to be strong and we will work on those and come back stronger for next year,” is how the Honda Racing team manager Havier Beltran left it.