BSB 2017: Round Eight race report
Cadwell Park | 18–20 August
It was a weekend of two halves for Honda Racing in the eighth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park. Jason O’Halloran grabbed two top-five finishes aboard the all-new Fireblade; however, times were tough for BSB teammate Dan Linfoot, who missed the second race after a crash in the first.
In race one, the “O’Show” was in the mix from the off. But in the closing stages, the chasing pack made up ground, only for O’Halloran to fall back and finish fifth.
Starting the second race from ninth place, the Aussie held his starting position in the opening stages before making his move. With drama at the front of the field, O’Halloran shifted into fourth place after 18 laps and with faster lap times than in race one. The results leave him fourth in the overall standings, just 15 points from third place.
“The results from today are good points-wise, and I’m now fourth in the Showdown. But I am disappointed not to be on the podium at my – and the team’s – home track,” he said.
In race one, disaster struck for Linfoot, who was forced to run wide going into turn one, where he clipped the grass and fell. Though he walked away from the fall, Linfoot chipped a bone in his right knuckle and was forced to sit out race two, missing out on vital championship points.
“I am disappointed – I was looking forward to the races today to improve my feeling here. Cadwell is always a track I have struggled with, but this weekend I was feeling good, so it’s a real shame to miss the races and also miss out on points to make a last-minute challenge on the Showdown,” he said.
The team will now return to the workshop and prepare their Fireblades for the next round of the championship at Silverstone, where the Showdown lineup will be decided over a triple-header weekend.