Taylor Mackenzie

Taylor Mackenzie

Lexelle-sponsored Taylor Mackenzie scored his first-ever podium finish in Saturday’s opening British Supersport sprint race at Silverstone.

The 21-year-old Scottish rider finished in second place after a nail-biting last-lap battle with American James Rispoli.

Mackenzie made the most of his second-row grid position, immediately slotting into fourth place in the opening exchanges, but his battle with Rispoli was a race-long affair during the nine-lap encounter.

The American did lead on the final lap and the easy option for Mackenzie would have been to settle for third place, but a strong pass just a few corners from home offered up a deserved second place.

In Sunday’s second Supersport race, Mackenzie followed up his debut British Supersport podium with a fighting 10th-place in the 12-lap feature race.

Speaking to Bikeland after the race, Taylor expressed his delight at riding to his first-ever podium finish.

“I don’t know what to say really but thanks to everyone at Tyco Suzuki for such a big effort,” he told Bikeland. “I’m delighted to get my first British Supersport podium and I had no ‘nose bleeds’ being in a podium position for most of the race.

“I just kept banging-in consistent lap times and even on that last lap I could have settled for third, but I wanted second for both myself and the team and I’m just delighted for everyone involved.

“The Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600 was brilliant throughout and it was great to finally get a bottle of champagne and a podium at such a top class venue.”

Team manager Philip Neill added: “Taylor’s podium on Saturday was superb for everyone in the team and testament to the hard work both he and his family put into the sport, and his 10th place today doesn’t reflect the effort from the lad.”