Another Tarran Mackenzie double extends Dickies British Supersport Championship lead


Lexelle-sponsored rider Tarran Mackenzie produced another near-flawless display at Oulton Park to chalk up two more wins and extend his championship lead.

That’s now six wins from six which has given him a commanding early lead in the Dickies British Supersport Championship.

It was far from the ideal build-up though as a testing crash one week before meant he needed hand surgery.

Some great rehab and a specially made glove by RST meant he was passed fit to ride and he then went on to win both races.

When Tarran arrived at Oulton Park he wasn’t even sure he could ride his bike.

He had limited movement in his hand throughout practice so only managed fifth place on the grid in the qualifying session.

But in the opening the sprint race but he gradually picked off the competition and kept his lead until the race was stopped with two laps to go due to rain.

In Monday’s longer feature race Tarran started from fourth on the grid but made a poor start so had to stay calm and work hard to come back from sixth position.

“Once I got to the front I found it easy to set a strong lap times until the chequered flag appeared,” Tarran said.

“I never dreamt I would win the opening six races of the season but my job is made easier with a great bike and team.

“I have to say a big thanks to the McCAMS Yamaha for repairing my crashed bike and RST for making me a special glove.”

His brother and fellow Lexelle-sponsored rider Taylor Mackenzie continued with his task developing the new Suzuki GSX-R 1000 at another challenging race track.

It was another two race finishes and another championship point on the board as a reward for his hard work.

“Oulton Park is always a very challenging circuit so my Bennetts Suzuki Team worked extremely hard all weekend trying to find a good set up for our new bike,” Taylor said.

“We tried different chassis and engine set ups and made good progress but ultimately ran out of time to get things absolutely perfect for the races.

“Once again my pace in race two improved so we will use all the data from the weekend to help at the next test.

“We are all on a steep learning curve but working well as a team so I’m confident we will be closer to the sharp end soon.

“I also been struggling with arm pump while riding this season so I’m now booked in for surgery to have this remedied.”