Taylor Mackenzie

Taylor Mackenzie

Testing, building and martial arts have all been on the agenda for Lexelle-sponsored Taylor and Tarran Mackenzie as they prepare for the 2015 racing season.

Both boys will be lining up for the WD40 Team with Taylor making the making the move up to Superbike class and Tarran once again competing in the National Superstock 600 class.

Taylor, 21, has joined the WD-40 Kawasaki Team to ride the new-look ZX-10R with while Tarran will be onboard the Kawasaki ZX6R.

Tarran Mackenzie

Tarran Mackenzie


Dad and three-time World Superbike champion Niall insists the boys will be ready to go for the season opener at Donnington Park on April 6.

He said: “Bikes are being built with engines being built by Akira Engineering in France, the same company that looks after the factory Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonny Rea.

“The latest (and ridiculously expensive) Ohlins suspension has arrived from Sweden and various factory parts have landed from Kawasaki Europe.

“Taz’s bike remains essentially the same but will have a total refresh with all new engine parts and a few more BHP. He also has new specification Ohlins rear shock and front forks.

“The boys have employed their trainer Dan Tindall on an exclusive basis now so work with him every Monday and Friday at Long Eaton.

“They also speak most days after their training and he has some kind of app that monitors their diet and fitness so big brother is always watching!

“He has introduced some good Marshall Arts training alongside their regular cardiovascular and weight training, I’m sure you’ll notice a difference.”

Taylor is relishing the challenge of competing on the 1000cc machine.

“I rode a thousand a couple of times last year, and really enjoyed it,” he said.

“To be honest, I think it suits my riding style a little better. It’s a bit bigger and heavier, but I’m strong enough now that I can make it work for me. “It’s a massive opportunity, and I think it’s going to be a good season. I’m looking to do the same as I did in British Supersport, starting slowly and building up from there. My first goal will be to score points, but as long as I’m improving every week the team will be happy.

Tarran is confident he can improve on last season.

Tarran Mackenzie

Tarran Mackenzie

“I’m really happy to be staying with GR Motosport for the second year in succession,” the 19-year-old said.

“Last year was my rookie year in the Superstock 600 class and I managed to secure 2 rostrums and a pole position.

“I also made a few mistakes that cost me more podium results but I still learned lots along the way and that will only help for this season.

“I have a great bike and fantastic team around me again in 2015 so there is no reason why I can’t challenge for race wins every weekend.”