Jason O’Halloran has set his sights on an elusive first Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) title in 2023 after extending his deal with the McAMS Yamaha team.
One of the series’ most experienced competitors, the Australian joined forces with the factory-backed McAMS Yamaha squad in 2019 and has gone on to mount strong title challenges over the past three seasons.
While his overall peak remains a runner-up spot to Josh Brookes in 2020, O’Halloran - who has amassed 218 BSB starts since his debut in 2008 - hit his stride in 2021 with 11 victories en route to third in the standings before taking seven trips to the top of the podium in 2022.
However, despite achieving more wins than any rider with the exception of champion Bradley Ray, O’Halloran - who started the Showdown just 13 points adrift of his fellow Yamaha rider - would conclude the 2022 BSB season in fifth overall following a series of incidents during the crucial final rounds.
Nevertheless, O’Halloran says he is turning his focus towards 2023 and is convinced he is in the right place to secure championship success next year.
"Deciding to continue with McAMS Yamaha for 2023 was a pretty easy choice for me. Over the last three years we've won 21 races together, it's a team I feel absolutely at home with and we know we can be in a position to fight for the title as we have for the last three years.
“2022 didn't quite end how we wanted, but that's not to say that we didn't have a positive year - seven wins, a load more podiums and we learned even more about the R1 so that can put us in an even stronger position for 2023.
“The team won't rest on their laurels, there are new parts coming from World Superbike and we'll continue to push on as we look to achieve our ultimate goal of becoming champion."
Describing his rider as ‘brilliant’, McAMS Yamaha Team Owner Steve Rodgers has every confidence O’Halloran can go all the way in 2023.
“Jason has been brilliant for the team over the last four years so keeping him on board for 2023 was our number one priority. While we were all devastated about how the 2022 season ended, after a few weeks to reflect it’s hard to say that it was a bad year – seven victories and 20 podiums is more than anyone else other than Brad.
“We know what Jason is capable of, we know he deserves to win the British Championship and we’ll do our best to give him everything he needs to do that in 2023.
“We’ve got some new parts coming from the guys in Italy which sound really promising, so we can’t wait to get started!”